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.

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


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Maitri Bhavana and Sukhavati Requests

The community of practitioners at Gampo Abbey regularly practices with the aspiration to aid those who are in mental or physical pain (the Maitri Bhavana ceremony), as well as those who are recently deceased (the Sukhavati ceremony). Anyone may request to include their name or the name of a loved one in these ceremonies. More Information

The Warriors Who Are Basically Good

Monastic Residency 2018-19

Basic Goodness Residency

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

October 15, 2018 – July 12, 2019

**Please note that the Basic Goodness Residency has begun, and we are not accepting further applications.**

Train completely in warriorship for these difficult times.  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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Solitary Retreats

Cabins for solitary retreat are available at Gampo Abbey for those who are interested in doing a retreat for a week or longer. This practice opportunity is intended to support those wanting to deepen their study and practice of meditation. It is not intended to provide space for writing, music, yoga, martial arts, or to rest and recuperate.

To qualify to do a solitary retreat here, you must be a member of a practice community and/or have a strong personal connection with a spiritual teacher. You must have completed one or more group retreat programs of at least two weeks. An established daily practice is encouraged. We require the recommendation of a spiritual teacher or meditation advisor. For more information →

Photo Credit: Susan Lirakis

Yarne Winter Retreat 2018-19

Led by Gampo Acharya Pema Chödrön

Dec. 21, 2018 – Feb. 4, 2019

Please note that the application period for the Yarne Winter Retreat has ended.

Join Gampo Abbey monastics and Gampo Acharya Pema Chödrön for a seven-week deep retreat this winter. Yarne is a precious opportunity for monastics and lay sangha to practice and receive teachings together. More Information

Video on the Shambhala Monastic Order

A video of Gampo Acharya Pema Chödrön 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 →