The Warriors Who Are Wise


Six-Month Residency with the Shambhala Monastic Order

at Gampo Abbey

January 8, 2018 – July 8, 2018


The Dragon Monastic Residency is now full, and we are no longer accepting applications.  Thank you for your interest.

Please check back in 2018 for information on future monastic residencies.


As part of the monastery’s role in helping to hold practice and study within community, the intention is that a period of complete immersion in the dharma offers practitioners the opportunity for processing and deepening which can also benefit the broader society as more people train in this way and return to household life.

Residents will be participating in creating a culture of basic goodness through practice, study, training, service, and community life grounded in meditation. The residency includes:

  • 4-6 hours of daily meditation practice
  • Temporary monastic ordination and training
  • Yarne 45-day monastic retreat with Acharya Ani Pema Chödrön
  • Experiential classes and additional study courses
  • Community sessions and processing
  • Teaching visit from Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche
  • 4 hours of daily service with a weekly nyinthun and open day

Pre-requisites are the Refuge Vow, Shambhala Training Levels I-V, the Everyday Life series, and the Rigden Weekend.   Monastic resident contribution: $3000 CDN

We are happy to assist you in planning for meeting the prerequisites as well as financial assistance with the required contribution. Please contact us. Space is limited. 

To apply for the 6 month monastic residency The Warriors Who Are Wise please down load and complete our application form.  Return the completed form by email to [email protected]


We will be updating our Residents Handbook and providing a link to download it from this page.  The Residents Handbook provides information on living at Gampo Abbey as a resident participating in the residency program.