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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

You are warmly invited to apply for a one-year temporary monastic training residency beginning in September of 2014. During this year we will be training in a curriculum based on the principles of Tiger: friendliness, mindfulness, renunciation, exertion, contentment, and confidence. Join us to deepen your practice, explore monastic life, and serve in our community.

Here is some of what you can expect:

  • 4.5 hours of daily practice including a three-hour session of your main personal practice
  • Weekly classes taught by resident shastri and monastics
  • Regular practice of Shambhala Meditation and Shambhala Sadhana
  • Temporary monastic ordination
  • Yarne retreat led by Ani Pema Chödrön
  • Opportunities for group Vajrayana practice
  • 4 hours a day of work service

The fee for the program is $300 (CDN) per month which includes food, lodging, and dharma classes. The entry date is 18 September, 2014. Subsequent announcements will follow with more details. Please download an application to apply and email for more information.

Celebrating 30 years of Life and Friendship at Gampo Abbey


See our new visual tribute (click on 'YouTube') to life at Gampo Abbey during our first 30 years. In addition to many rarely seen images from our archives, we have an audio track featuring a dharma song by senior Shambhala teacher and composer Winfield (Binny) Clark as well as another track by the Gampo Abbey choir. The tribute has been created and produced by award winning documentary filmaker and longtime Shambhala practitioner Kent Martin. The soundtrack was edited by Jascha Hoffman, a songwriter and journalist in Brooklyn, NY.

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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Bookkeeper /Head of Finance, Full-time Staffing Position

Gampo Abbey is looking for an experienced bookkeeper to join our staff team effective June 15. The position provides a monthly salary based upon an average 37.5 hour work-week.

For more information on this position click here.

Opportunity to Volunteer in Gampo Abbey's Kitchen

Warm greetings from Gampo Abbey! As the days lengthen and the first warm breezes and spring rainshowers melt the long winter's snow and ice, we are beginning to plan the summer season at the Abbey, with its increased activities and visitors.

This is an invitation for 3 volunteers to work in the kitchen: 2 people to serve as cooks from May 15 - Sept 15 and 1 person to serve as cook for the month of June.

Volunteers get free room and board and are expected to take part in the Abbey's schedule, which includes, among other things, about 4-5 hours of meditation practice per day, and about 4 hours of work per day.

We ask that applicants have basic cooking skills/knowledge/interest, as well as a willingness to commit to the Abbey's way of life, which includes living in community, focused practice, silence, and much more. Also, as a summer cook, you can look forward to enjoying some of our wind-swept garden's produce, herbs, and flowers.

For more information on these positions please email

To apply please fill in the application form and email it to

2014 In-House Retreats

As of April 10 all new applications for this year's In-House retreat will go on a waiting list.

All three weeks are currently full.

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Gampo Abbey
Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton,  NS B0E 2P0
Tel. 902-224-2752    Email:

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