Monastic Residency 2020-21


11-Month Residency with the Shambhala Monastic Order

at Gampo Abbey

October 10, 2020 – September 10, 2021

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Residents create 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 our Shambhala and monastic lineages, so residents can embody the vision of the Buddha.

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.

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


Prerequisites are the Refuge Vow, Shambhala Training Levels I-V, and the Everyday Life series.

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

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

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] 

*Ani 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.