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 

Community Update: Spring/Summer 2021

  Greetings from the Gampo Abbey community. We are in the height of our late spring/early summer season and enjoying the return of warmth, whales, fishing boats, and birds, particularly hummingbirds. Even though the greenery is growing all around us things at the Abbey are feeling still and settled. Many of us have received our … Continue 

Community Update: February and March 2021

Community Update As Cape Breton slowly awakens from winter, we are delighted to see the changes in the seasons. This year the ice came late and lasted right through the spring solstice. Spring represents a time of settling and study for us at the Abbey. After our long winter retreat the schedule seems open and … 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 

Community Update: Yarne 2020-21

The Gampo Abbey community is just concluding our 2020-21 annual winter retreat. Yarne, as it is called in Tibetan, is a core practice of the monastic tradition that has its roots in the time of the Buddha. Normally practiced in the summer, Gampo Abbey has been doing this annual practice since 1985. This year was … 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