Gampo Abbey is a Buddhist monastery in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Nova Scotia, Canada. Founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1983, Gampo Abbey is guided by our Abbot the Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and our principal teacher Bhikshuni 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)


Lunch at Gampo Abbey

Short Term Resident Opportunities at Gampo Abbey

Gampo Abbey is accepting applications for short term resident stays at the monastery. We are excited to welcome applicants who have some experience with meditation and are ready for an immersive experience of monastery life. More →

Monastic Residencies

Oct. 15, 2021 – Sept. 15, 2022.

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. Application form to be posted soon. 

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Pema Chödrön’s Reflections on Gampo Abbey