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.

Home of the Shambhala Monastic Order, Gampo Abbey is guided by our Abbot the Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and our principal teacher 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. More Information

Monastic Residency 2019-20

Ten-Month Residency with the Shambhala Monastic Order

Oct. 23, 2019 – Sept. 1, 2020

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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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 →