The Practice of Failure

For several years now I’ve been asked, as Artist in Residence, to create the Losar cards (Lunar New Year) for Gampo Abbey.

Every year I go through a predictably uncomfortable creative process. Honestly, some years the failures pile up for so long that I have to laugh.

Have you ever wondered what ends up on the studio floor in the process? 

Meet Kunga Yudron (Alexis LaBarge) Hospice Nurse

Yudron was a resident of the Abbey from 2018 to 2020, and many may remember her as the Kitchen Manager and a fabulous cook. Yudron has now returned to her profession of nursing but with a new outlook on the work.

Sally Walker, graduate of the three-year retreat

A life investment

Committing the time and effort to go deeply into retreat practice is not a frivolous decision.

Sally Walker, who completed the retreat in 2017, talked to us about the experience and even some of the “returns” on that investment.

You can’t really just live off the principle, you do have to keep putting in. That’s the thing that Thrangu Rinpoche said to us, the most important thing is that you just keep practicing.

Interview with previous resident David Morris

How does a residency at Gampo Abbey impact a resident and how does it ripple out into the world? read an interview with former resident David Morris where he discusses how his training at the Abbey has nourished his work as a chaplain.

Trinkar Ötso appointed Gampo Abbey Artist in Residence

In 2022, in recognition of her contribution to the Abbey community and to the many years of Losar cards, art salons, and workshops for residents, Trinkar Ötso has been honoured with the title Artist in Residence. Read an interview with Trinkar about her years of exploration of the intersection of contemplative practice and artmaking. See … Continue 

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. 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 … Continue 

Tsering Lhamo Gagye Eve Talk on Four Yogas of Mahamudra

We are delighted to share with you the transcripts of two of our Gagye Eve talks. These brief talks are given by our monastic community at the conclusion of our winter retreat as a means to share what the community has been contemplating during our period of silence and practice. The second of these talks … Continue 

Lekshey Chodron’s Gagye eve Talk on the 37 Practices of A Bodhisattva

We are delighted to share with you the transcriptions of two of our Gagye Eve talks. These brief talks are given by our monastic community at the conclusion of our winter retreat as a means to share what the community has contemplating during our period of silence and practice. The first of these talks are … Continue 

Garden Reflection by Tharpa Sersang

On December 12, 2018, Tharpa Sersang was ordained by Karma Lodro Kalsang, becoming the the newest Parma Rabjung (the first stage in lifetime monastic ordination) at Gampo Abbey. Tharpa arrived in January of 2017 for the Warriors Who Are Fearless temporary monastic residency. Under his care, the abbey’s garden has flourished, providing a cornucopia of … Continue 

Tsöndru Khyung Tso Ordained as Parma Rabjung

Welcome to Tsöndru Khyung Tso, the newest life monastic at Gampo Abbey! Tsöndru Khyung Tso became the newest life monastic at Gampo Abbey on July 1, 2018. In the presence of the life monastic community, she took her Parma Rabjung ordination vow from Karma Lodro Kalsang, the Abbey’s preceptor. Khyung Tso’s spiritual path began with … Continue