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.

Gampo Abbey survives Hurricane Fiona

Hurricane Fiona raged through Nova Scotia starting the night of September 23, 2022 and made landfall right at the southern tip of Cape Breton Island extending northward.

Flagpoles that already take a beating on relatively good days

We had plenty of warning – we lowered the flagpoles, checked the generators, secured the buildings and grounds, prepared stocks of filtered water and food, then waited.

We are happy to say that despite some tree damage and a lingering power outage, we did not sustain any serious damage. In one very lucky spot a tree we were intending to remove near Marpa cabin fell in the storm, and luckily away from the cabin!


Tree fallen away from Marpa cabin

Our neighbours across Cape Breton, however, sustained much more damage and we continue to hold them in our practice.

We are very grateful for the many messages we’ve received from friends around the world concerned about our safety. Our thoughts are with all those who have lost their homes or have suffered damage. Our sincere thanks go to all the first responders, Nova Scotia Power, Parks Canada and all others who are helping affected areas get back on track.



Announcing – New Cycle of Our Three-Year Retreat

Three-Year Retreat Group G Gate Opening Ceremony

Pema Chödrön, Gampo Abbey, Shambhala Canada Society and the Gampo Abbey Monastic Society are pleased to announce that planning is underway for another cycle of its three-year retreat to be held at the Sopa Choling retreat center at Gampo Abbey, Nova Scotia, Canada. This retreat was envisioned by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founded and designed by Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche, Abbot of Gampo Abbey and senior tutor to the 17th Karmapa.

Unlike other three-year retreats, this retreat is designed to allow participants to mix deep meditation with post meditation, life. It is therefore structured into 3 phases with a gap year between the first and second phase, and between the second and third phase. The result is that the retreat extends over 5 years.

All practice texts (liturgies) and commentaries have been translated into English by the Nalanda Translation Committee, and all practice is done in English.


The retreat is being sponsored by the Gampo Abbey Monastic Society and its patrons.  We are looking for additional sponsors to help offset some of the costs of operating the retreat and are reaching out to some organizations who may provide funding for scholarships.

Nancy Huszagh, Druppon for the last cycle of the retreat, is the contact person for the retreat. If you are interested in more information on the retreat, its prerequisites and how to apply, you can reach her by email [email protected]. All students of the Buddha are invited to submit an application for consideration.

For more information on the facilities at Sopa Choling visit our site.

Gate Closing Ceremony December 1993 – 1st Cycle 3 Year Retreat

Pema Chödrön’s Reflections on Gampo Abbey