Gampo Abbey: Tibetan Shambhala Buddhist Monastery located in Nova Scotia

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:


  1. Barbara Weinberg says

    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

  2. says

    Do you send regular emails of events, yoga, meditation and other events that take place. If so kindly include my email on your list.First I here of this in Canada and I am thrilled.

  3. says

    Hi Janet – we do! And we have a yoga retreat coming up in February and meditation available on a regular basis. We have added you to the list and will be sending out an email this week. Thanks for your interest!

  4. says

    Yes, Larry, we are happy to include you in our newsletters. Also, you can go to the top right of any page on our website and sign up. That gives us permissions to send you information on local hikes and snowshoeing, music, the Cabot Trail and much more goings on at Cabot Shores and around Cape Breton Island…

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