Announcement – New Cycle of the Three-Year Retreat

Gate Opening Ceremony Group G Three-year retreat Fall 2015

Söpa Chöling is the premier group retreat facility within our sangha. In a word, it is simply “perfect.” The environment is completely suited and supportive for the deep training that retreat provides. The energy of the group discipline is very helpful. One has only to inhabit it, and all one’s needs are provided…You have nothing at all to do but to apply yourself to the practice…

Larry Mermelstein

New Retreat Cycle – Starting Fall 2024

Pema Chödrön, Gampo Abbey, Shambhala Canada Society and the Gampo Abbey Monastic Society are pleased to announce that planning is underway for another cycle of its three-year retreat to be held at the Sopa Choling retreat center at Gampo Abbey, Nova Scotia, Canada. This retreat was envisioned by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founded and designed by Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche, Abbot of Gampo Abbey and senior tutor to the 17th Karmapa.

Unlike other three-year retreats, this retreat is designed to allow participants to mix deep meditation with post-meditation, life. It is therefore structured into 3 phases with a gap year between the first and second phases and between the second and third phases. The result is that the retreat extends over 5 years.

All practice texts (liturgies) and commentaries have been translated into English by the Nalanda Translation Committee, and all practice is done in English.

The retreat is being sponsored by the Gampo Abbey Monastic Society and its patrons.  We are looking for additional sponsors to help offset some of the costs of operating the retreat and are reaching out to some organizations that may provide funding for scholarships.

Nancy Huszagh, Druppon, for the last cycle of the retreat, is the contact person for the retreat. If you are interested in more information on the retreat, its prerequisites and how to apply, you can reach her by email [email protected]. All students of the Buddha are invited to submit an application for consideration.

For more information on the facilities at Sopa Chöling click here.

It lies nestled on the rugged north Atlantic coast, sheltered from the pounding surf and raging winter winds. A virtual wildlife sanctuary with whales, dolphins, and seals gracing icy waters, and eagles, moose, and the occasional bobcat circumambulating its boundaries. This is Söpa Chöling, “dharma place of patience,” and it is a sanctuary for the practice of sanity. For it is here, in a uniquely Western approach to an ancient tradition of applied wisdom, that meditation is practiced under the most luxurious, and intense, of conditions. Söpa Chöling is a sane asylum…

Andrew Holecek “Rocks into Rubies, Images and Metaphors on the Value of the Three-year Retreat”.

Lhasang for Group G Gate Opening Ceremony