Shambhala Monastic Order residencies


The Warriors Who Are Fearless

A Nine-Month Residency with the Shambhala Monastic Order

beginning January 4, 2017

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We are delighted to announce The Warriors Who are Fearless; an immersive nine month monastic residency at Gampo Abbey.

In the vision of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the Shambhala Monastic Order joins the monastic lineage of the Buddha with the Shambhala terma teachings to offer an embodied expression of the dignity of enlightened society. We invite you to join this sacred training ground, deepen your practice of warriorship, and discover how immersion in monastic life enriches your practice and brings out the awakened energy of society.

Residents will participate in creating a culture of basic goodness through study, service, and community life grounded in meditation. We will begin with the teachings on the Tiger’s contentment and the Snow Lion’s joyful discipline and then leap into the fearless path of the Garuda. Study and practice will draw from the teachings of the Sakyong Lineage supplemented by material from the Mahayana Sutra tradition, including deep study of the Heart Sutra.

The Warriors who are Fearless includes:
• 4-6 hours a day of meditation practice including three hours of one’s main practice
• Yarne annual 45 day monastic retreat
• Weekly experiential classes and additional study courses
• Temporary monastic ordination offered after initial entry period
• Monastic training and community training from the view of Shambhala Buddhism
• Regular practice of Shambhala Meditation, the Shambhala Sadhana, and other core practices
• Four hours of daily service with a weekly nyithun and open day.

Prerequisites are the Refuge Vow, Shambhala Training Levels I-V, the Everyday Life Series of courses, and the Rigden Weekend. If these present logistical obstacles, we may be able to help you complete them here though this would need to be discussed in your application process.



The fee for this program is $3600 CDN, which includes food and lodging. Space is limited and applications are now being accepted for review. To request an application, please visit and find the link at the bottom of the page. Email for more information. For participants seeking a longer stay and opportunity to support the monastery, there is an optional extension during the Abbey’s three month rest period, please indicate if you are interested in this opportunity.

Please note: Acharya Pema Chodron will not be in residency during this time.

For more information on living at Gampo Abbey as a resident participating in the upcoming Warriors Who are Fearless program, download our Residents Handbook.

To apply download our application form GarudaApplication. Complete it and email it to

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