Gampo Abbey is a Western 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.

Under the spiritual direction of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the spiritual head of Shambhala International, Gampo Abbey is guided by our abbot the Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and our principal teacher Acharya Pema Chödrön.


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Monastic Residency 2018,



The Warriors Who Are Wise

Six-Month Residency with the Shambhala Monastic Order at Gampo Abbey

January 8, 2018 – July 8, 2018

In 2018, consider fully devoting yourself to practice, study, and service through a temporary monastic residency at Gampo Abbey.

Train completely in warriorship for these difficult times.  In the vision of Sakyong Mipham, the Shambhala Monastic Order combines the monastic lineage of the Buddha with the Shambhala terma teachings to offer an embodied expression of Enlightened Society.

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. —Gampo Acharya Pema Chödrön

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2017 Summer of Living Fearlessly

Some photos and notes about our summer of 2017 the Year of Living Fearlessly. 

Pictures from our annual softball game, the lobster release, our bountiful garden and the wonderful volunteers who have joined us to keep everything running smoothly.

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Vajrayogini Amending Fire Offering

A Vajrayogini Amending Mantra Fire Offering will be held at Söpa Chöling 3 year retreat center Oct 26th to Nov 5th, 2017.  If you have completed the traditional practice requirements or are close to achieving them, please consider joining us for this powerful practice.  The Sopa Choling retreat center provides an ideal environment for this practice.  The leader will be Gelong Lodro Sangpo assisted by Mark Nowakowski and Christine McCutcheon.  Program coordinator is Les Ste Marie.  For more information..

Video on the Shambhala Monastic Order


A video of Gampo Acharya, Pema Chödrön and Monastic Shastri, Loden Nyima speaking on the inspiration, history and place of the Shambhala Monastic order at Gampo Abbey and in the wider Shambhala Buddhist community. To view the video →