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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Karma Kalsang’s 65th Birthday Poem

This short narrative is presented as a “birthday poem” on the occasion of my 65th birthday.

I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and grew up in Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia. Starting with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1970 and Shambhala in 1980 I arrived at Gampo Abbey in 2004 to savour the monastic life.

Though I walk in the Valley of Kleshas, Bodhicitta is my Clear Vision. In 2010 I was encouraged to attend Thrangu Rinpoche in Sarnath, India to receive my full ordination, Bhikshu in Sanskrit or Gelong in Tibetan.

Currently I help newly engaged monastics by giving first step ordinations as their Preceptor.

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Vajrayogini Amending Fire Puja

A Vajrayogini Amending Mantra Fire Puja 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.  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 →