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Gampo Abbey is a Western Buddhist monastery in the Shambhala tradition in Nova Scotia, Canada. Founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1983, it is a lineage institution of Shambhala and a corporate division of the Vajradhatu Buddhist Church of Canada.

Under the spiritual direction of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the spiritual head of Shambhala International, Gampo Abbey is guided by our abbot the Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and our principal teacher Acharya Pema Chödrön.

One-Year Temporary Monastic Residency Program: Training in the Shambhala Monastic Order at Gampo Abbey

For many years, it has been the vision of our lineage of Sakyongs that practitioners seeking to deepen and strengthen have the opportunity to do so within the container of a temporary monastic ordination; this has been practiced at Gampo Abbey for decades.  At this auspicious time when Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has established the Shambhala Monastic Order, we are now offering this training for a one-year period beginning in October 2014.  

The year will follow an in-depth curriculum based on the principles of Tiger—friendliness, mindfulness, discernment, renunciation, selflessness, exertion, contentment, and confidence.  It will also include frequent practice of Shambhala Meditation and other teachings of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, as well as of the Druk Sakyong, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

For more information on this program including how to apply for residency please click here.

Nous célébrons notre 30ième anniversaire!

Un monastère bouddhiste occidental de la tradition Shambhala, situé en Nouvelle-Écosse au Canada. Fondé par Trungpa Rinpoche en 1983, l'abbaye est une institution de la lignée Shambhala et un membre de la corporation Vajradhatu Buddhist Church of Canada.

C'est sous la direction spirituelle du Sakyong Mipham Rinpoché, qui est aussi à la tête de Shambhala International, et sous le conseil spirituel de l'abbé du monastère, le vénérable Thrangu Rinpoché, qu'évolue l'Abbaye de Gampo.  L'Acharya Pema Chödrön y est la principale enseignante.

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The one year training program in the Shambhala Monastic Order is underway and the ten new residents are settling in. To learn more about their experiences visit the Abbey's blog.


Our latest newsletter is out with stories about:
- the upcoming year of Shambhala Monastic training - Warriors of Meek,
- our 30th anniversary celebrations with John Soyu McGee Sensei and Alexandre Soro Avdulov Sensei, tea masters from Halifax’s Yukoan Tea Group,
- our celebrations in honour of Ani Migme's 90th birthday,
- summer ballgame and lobster release
- as well as stories about recent events at Söpa Chöling.

To read our latest newsletter click here.

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Gampo Abbey
Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton,  NS B0E 2P0
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