Monastic Residencies


11-Month Monastic Residency at Gampo Abbey

October 15, 2020 – September 15, 2021

Thank you for your interest,

we are no longer accepting applications for this Residency


Join us in creating a culture of sanity through practice, study, training, service, and community life, grounded in meditation. All areas of our life at Gampo Abbey are guided by the lineage of our founder, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Whether you stay for one residency or choose to explore your connection to monasticism for a longer period, we hope that an experience of living at Gampo Abbey will be a powerful step in your journey of wakefulness. Our residency includes:

  • 4 hours or more of daily meditation practice
  • Temporary monastic ordination and training
  • Yarne 45-day monastic retreat*
  • Full use of our extensive library to support your practice and study
  • Community sessions and group processing
  • 4 hours of daily service with a weekly nyinthun and open day
  • Daily silent periods and reflective times


Prerequisites are the Refuge Vow, experience with meditation, and a recommendation from a teacher or meditation instructor. Preference will be offered to applicants who have completed Shambhala Training Levels I-V & the Everyday Life series, are considering life ordination, or have experience living in Dharma communities.

We are happy to assist you in planning for meeting the prerequisites and required contribution—please contact us. Space is limited.

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Resident Contribution: $4,000 CAD
Patron Level Contribution: $5,000 CAD

To apply for the Monastic Residency, please download and complete our application form. We also require two letters of reference, one from your teacher or Meditation Instructor, and one personal or work reference. Applicants should have completed the prerequisites OR have a plan in place to do so before the residency begins. Return the completed form by email to [email protected]

*Pema Chödrön will not be in residence or leading Yarne during this residency, as she will be in solitary retreat for most of the year.