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.


Application Open: Basic Goodness Residency 2018-19


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Important Announcement Regarding 2018 Tours


The Warriors Who Are Basically Good

Application Open: Monastic Residency 2018-19


Basic Goodness Residency

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

October 15, 2018 – July 12, 2019

In 2018-19, 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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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 →

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 →