In March, Paul and Barbara were fortunate to be invited to take part in Shedra, or monastic college, at Gampo Abbey. For two weeks we traveled to Gampo Abbey several times a week. The journey itself, a drive on the Cabot Trail through the Cape Breton Highland National Park in winter is spectacular.
More than once, we observed a moose (the same one, we believe) in almost the same location, calmly chewing and regarding us with interest.
Gampo Abbey, North America’s only Tibetan monastery for Western students, is located off the Cabot Trail, high above the Gulf of St.Lawrence.
Under the guidance of master teachers Shastri Alice Haspray and Acharya Pema Chodron, we studied the Principles of Shambhala – how to live from a place of Basic Goodness, of what is already good/complete/rich – our human being-ness – , and how to contact this uplifted energy of now-ness in every situation.
The program consisted of a mix of practice, talks, discussion, and studying (there was even an oral exam, a Warrior Exchange, at the end of the course).
For the small group of lay people who participated, it was a rare opportunity to live alongside the monastics, practice and study together, and share meals and some work.
May it benefit all – KiKi SoSo