Gampo Abbey is a Buddhist monastery in the Shambhala tradition in Nova Scotia, Canada. Founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1983, it is a lineage institution of Shambhala and a corporate division of the Shambhala Canada Society.

Home of the Shambhala Monastic Order, Gampo Abbey is guided by our Abbot the Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and our principal teacher Gelongma Pema Chödrön.

Please note that Gampo Abbey is currently closed to outside visitors and tourists. We will not be offering tours, nor are outside visitors permitted to go inside any of Gampo Abbey’s buildings, including Sopa Choling and retreat cabins. 

However, much of the land around the abbey is still open. If you are planning a visit to Cape Breton Island, you are welcome to walk the nature trails around Gampo Abbey, as well as visit the Stupa of Enlightenment. Additionally, there are hiking trails to the camping destinations of Otter Brook and Pollet’s Cove further north from the abbey.

We invite you to periodically visit the Gampo Abbey website for any updates, and subscribe to our Facebook page.

Below is a letter written in March by our principal teacher, Bhikkshuni Pema Chödrön, in response to the global Pandemic. 

Dear Friends,

It was with a heavy heart, in light of the escalating COVID-19 pandemic, that Gampo Abbey made the decision to close to guests in March this year.

We have an obligation to our residents and visitors, as well as a responsibility to our local community, and we strongly believe that continuing to welcome people from all over the world is still not the responsible thing to do at this time.

We are very…(continue reading)


Photos of Life at Gampo Abbey

View galleries showcasing all dimensions of Abbey life, from teachings and ceremonies to celebrations and recreation.

You come to Gampo Abbey because you wish to be a monk or a nun or you wish to experience the support of a monastic environment. In any case, it’s a place where you can’t get away from yourself. You might find this quite challenging and quite amazing. You might find it softens you and awakens your heart. — Gelongma Pema Chödrön More →

Monastic Residency 2020-2021

11-Month Monastic Residency at Gampo Abbey

Oct. 15, 2020 – Sept. 15, 2021

Residency Applications closed for this year.

Our monastic residencies provide an entryway into the monastic experience. Guided by the lineages of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, one can devote oneself to training in discipline, meditation, and wisdom. More Information

Pema Chödrön Reflections on Gampo Abbey

A video of Bhikkshuni Pema Chödrön speaking on what she loves about living at Gampo Abbey, the importance of temporary ordination, and her wish for the future of the abbey. This was recorded during the annual winter Yarne retreat in 2020. To view the video →