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Shambhala Day at Gampo Abbey

February 22, 2012 marked Shambhala Day – the beginning of the New Year, based on the Tibetan lunar calendar (one month after the Chinese New Year)
To celebrate this occasion we went to Gampo Abbey, North America’s Shambhala-Buddhist monastery located in Pleasant Bay on Cape Breton Island. A few words about Shambhala Buddhism:  Shambhala is not considered to be a religion as much as a set of practices designed to help people live compassionate lives helping others to do the same in order to create an enlightened society.  Shambhala practitioners come from all walks of life and may or may not […]

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 […]

Strathspey Place Performing Arts Centre in Cape Breton

The emergence of Celtic music on the world stage has led to a focus on Inverness County, Cape Breton as a major repository of pure Scottish culture. Acadian and First Nations communities complement and enrich traditional Cape Breton Island music, dance, and folklore.
The need to preserve and promote this unique and diverse cultural heritage brought community groups together to envision a facility which would be appropriate for the performance, production, and training requirements of the region. The result is Strathspey Place, located at the Allan J. MacEachen International Academic & Cultural Centre along with Dalbrae Academy.
Strathspey Place is located on […]

Beached Pilot Whale at Jersey Cove, Cape Breton

We got a call the other day that there was a beached whale near the causeway by the Englishtown ferry, so I grabbed my camera and drove down to see it.  An image of a giant whale washed up on shore with a mass of people  trying frantically to save it produced itself in my head, and …

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Review of The Cabot Trail Writer’s Festival–Excellent!

With the kind of anticipatory excitement that builds gradually and cannot easily be quelled, this past Saturday morning I made the short drive from Indian Brook to North River for the 3rd Annual Cabot Trail Writer’s Festival, held at the community hall next to Shape Shift Pottery.  I have only been to a handful of …

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