Supporting Gampo Abbey


Gampo Abbey is supported primarily by individual donations. The cost of maintaining and repairing the Abbey is high. You can assist the Abbey at any time by making a monetary gift in Canadian or U.S. funds as a one-time, yearly, monthly or periodic donation. All donations are sincerely appreciated and are tax deductible.


We welcome donations for specific projects, including:

Fees paid by residents only cover a small portion of the operating costs of the Abbey. We will use these funds to assist with day to day operating costs of running the Abbey including on-going maintenance and renovations of our buildings.

The Abbey provides support for those who make a commitment to become life monastics. This support includes providing a place to live, a community dedicated to meditation practice and study of the dharma. It also includes providing a set of robes for all life monastics. Click here to learn more about supporting Gampo Abbey's life monastics.

Following a long tradition of releasing animals from captivity, our annual lobster release pays the cost to purchase and release the last catch of lobsters from one of the local Pleasant Bay, NS lobster fishermen.


  • Gampo Abbey Scholarship Fund- provides support for: temporary monastics who need financial assistance to cover the costs of the monthly resident's fees and general living expenses; Abbey residents in financial need to participate in the Abbey's Shedra (advanced Buddhist study program); assistance for non-residents to participate in In-House retreats, Monastic Youth dathun and other programs open to the public offered at Gampo Abbey.
  • Sopa Choling Scholarship Fund - provides financial support for those wishing to attend programs offered at Sopa Choling. Eligible retreat programs include, but are not limited to: Three Year Retreat, Vajrayogini Druppa, Mahamudra retreat, 6 Yogasretreat, Vajrakilaya retreat and other retreats not yet scheduled.

Supports the work of the Chokyi Gyatso Translation Committee.


Sopa Choling Long Term retreat center hosts a variety of specialized retreat programs. This fund assists with costs associated with maintaining and upgrading the practice environment as well as the basic operating facilities.

We hope the Abbey continues to inspire those who have supported us in the past and those who are newly taking an interest in our desire to build a Western Buddhist monastic tradition based upon the Shambhala teachings.

Donate by Phone

Canadian residents may make a donation to Gampo Abbey using your Canadian credit card, you can phone the Finance Office at 902-224-1358 between 1:30 and 4:30 Atlantic Time. Please note, we are unable to offer tax receipts to US donors who make their donations using their US credit card if that information is provided by phone. For US residents wishing tax receipts we recommend making a donation online using your credit card via the link below or through a cheque sent by mail to the Abbey, details below.

Donate Online with a Credit Card

US Donors

Gampo Abbey has partnered with Network for Good, a US not-for-profit company that specializes in securely processing online donations. Click the button below to go to a form where you can make a donation and pay with your US credit card. All donations are tax deductible. Tax receipts will be issued by Network for Good, not by Shambhala International or Gampo Abbey.

Canadian Donors

Canadian residents can make a secure online tax-deductible donation paid with your credit card by clicking the button below. Please note our web page for accepting credit card donations from Canadian donors is temporarily unavailable.

If you would like to make a donation using your credit card please click on donations to email Valerie who will contact you to arrange to collect your donation. Please make the email subject Donation to Gampo Abbey and include the amount you would like to donate in your initial email.

Other Donations (Cheque or International)

US residents should make their cheques payable to Gampo Abbey USA. Canadian residents should make their cheques payable to Gampo Abbey.

If you are donating by cheque or from outside of the US or Canada, you can print this form and mail it to us along with your cheque or credit card information to:

Gampo Abbey
Attn: Finance Office
1533 Pleasant Bay Rd
Pleasant Bay, NS
B0E 2P0, Canada

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: All donations given for a specific fund will be used only for that fund’s activities. All donations are tax deductible and a receipt for all donations given during a particular year will be provided at the conclusion of that year.  It is understood that no goods or services are provided for these donations.

PRIVACY POLICY: To read our privacy policy, click here.

RETURN/REFUND POLICY:  With donations, there is no expectation for refunds. However, if we have made a mistake, please contact us by emailing us at, calling us at 902-224-1358, or writing to us at Gampo Abbey, Attn: Development Office, 1533 Pleasant Bay Rd., Pleasant Bay, NS B0E 2P0 Canada.

On behalf of Ani Pema Chödrön and the entire Gampo Abbey community,
we thank you for your generosity.

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