Gampo Abbey: Tibetan Shambhala Buddhist Monastery located in Nova Scotia

Monks & Nuns of Gampo Abbey

by Barbara on January 5, 2012

in Blog, Cape Breton, Places of Interest

Gampo Abbey is the only Tibetan Buddhist monastery for Westerners. Founded in 1984 by renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher and meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, it is located near Pleasant Bay on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Approximately 30 monastics, both men and women, live in community and practice traditional monastic discipline under the guidance of the Abbot, Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche and principal teacher Acharya Pema Chodron.

Life at the Abbey for the monastics is inspired by the view and practice intended to wake oneself up fully, to help others to also wake up, and to create an enlightened society.

If you are interested in visiting the Abbey, we are delighted to take our guests to one of the daily tours offered every July and August. You can also visit the Abbey on-line:

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Barbara Weinberg May 29, 2012 at 10:33 am

Hi Diana,

Thanks for your inquiry about visiting Cabot Shores and Gampo Abbey.

Yes, it is possible to tour Gampo Abbey – they usually offer daily tours on weekday afternoons in July and August, so you could do the tour on the 31st. The tours are great; you really get the feel for the place and for the practice that takes place there; and you can ask any question you would like.

Pema Chodron is on retreat at this time, and is usually at the Abbey during the winter months most years.

At Cabot Shores, we offer Shambhala mindfulness-awareness meditation, contemplation practice and Shamatha Yoga here on a daily basis. At times, we also offer more advanced practice weekends, and hold Shambhala Festivals here; this year we plan to hold the annual Harvest of Peace festival here this fall. We also on occasion take interested guests to Kalapa Valley which is not too far from here.

We will send you an email with more details and we look forward to your visit.

Barbara, Cabot Shores

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