Podcast Episode 04

In this episode of Vinaya Speaks with Tsultrim Pawo, life-ordained nun Ani Karma Lodro Chödrön talks about her time as a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, often referred to as the Vidyadhara, or “Knowledge Holder”. Ani Chödrön is resident Shrine Mistress at Gampo Abbey, Head of Culture & Decorum, and flower garden Landscape Architect. *The … Continue 

A Meditation on Pulse

by Karma Lodro Gyedon Walking through the lush green trail in Nova Scotia, it is easy to lose myself in the idyllic surroundings of my home monastery. The soft rain doesn’t detract from the beauty of spring here; the earth is lush and growing. However, my mind is contemplating the recent news of the shootings … Continue 

Podcast Episode 03

In this episode of Vinaya Speaks with Tsultrim Pawo, Tsultrim talks with educator, scholar, musician, and life monastic Loden Nyima about what led him to seek ordination. The conversation delves into what the experience of temporary monasticism has to offer Millennials who may be considering a nonconventional path. *The views & opinions expressed in this … Continue 

Podcast Episode 02

In this episode of Vinaya Speaks with Tsultrim Pawo, senior monastic Kalsang recounts his journey from following Beatles’ guru Maharishi to receiving life ordination vows, and offers his perspective as Head of Practice for the Abbey. *The views & opinions expressed in this interview are that of the persons speaking and are not directly endorsed … Continue 

Podcast Episode 01

The first episode of our podcast Vinaya Speaks with Tsultrim Pawo. In this episode of Vinaya Speaks, Tsultrim interviews French-Canadian nun Ani Lhamo, one of Gampo Abbey’s senior practitioners who has taken lifelong vows. *The views & opinions expressed in this interview are that of the persons speaking and are not directly endorsed by Gampo … Continue 

Michael Uhila Interviews Tsultrim Pawo

  Bay area media Producer Michael sits down with his alter ego Tsultrim Pawo for a conversation about his meditation practice, his diverse sangha, and life at Gampo Abbey. Michael Uhila: Today I am talking with Tsültrim Pawo, who is a monk at Gampo Abbey. Welcome Tsultrim.   Tsültrim Pawo: Thank you for having me Michael. First, … Continue 

Nordzin’s Story

A personal reflection on a year spent at Gampo Abbey 2014-2015 by Tsondru Nordzin (Jarek Paslawski) Before coming to Gampo Abbey, I lived in Poland where I was born. I worked for a logistic forwarding company as a manager. Having job and a family with two children, going to a place like the Abbey seemed … Continue 

Lodro’s Story

A personal reflection from a year spent at Gampo Abbey 2014-2015 by Tharpa Lodro My given name at birth was Daniel McCoy Baker. I was born October 26th, 1989 in Cheverly, Maryland, not too far from Washington D.C., the area where I have spent the greater part of my life. I grew up about a … Continue 

Yarne: The Heart of Gampo Abbey

by Emma Cataford, temporary monastic (2014-2015) and Loden Nyima, Head of Education at Gampo Abbey The community at Gampo Abbey ushered in 2015 by starting their annual winter retreat, called Yarne. Entering the retreat involves formally committing to remain within both the physical boundaries of the land as well as the spiritual boundaries of our … Continue 

The Warriors Who Are Meek

On the Shambhala Monastic Order’s first temporary monastic training residency which ran 2014-2015 by Shastri Loden Nyima, Monastic Secretary to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Summer is passing and fall arriving at Gampo Abbey as we conclude our first year of residential monastic training, The Warriors Who Are Meek, from the Shambhala Monastic Order. This year of … Continue