Thirty years ago, in March of 1984, Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche founded Gampo Abbey, a place where Westerners can practice Shambhala Buddhism in a monastic setting. And it’s going strong still. On a blustery morning, after an overnight snowfall, we set out on the long drive to the other side of Cape Breton Island to join …
Have you always wanted to visit Gampo Abbey or Kalapa Valley but don’t know how to get there and/or need a guide? This tour may be of particular interest to people doing Shambhala retreats at Dorje Denmaling near Tatamagouche or visiting Halifax. Cabot Shores is the ideal place to begin a tour of Kalapa …
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 […]
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 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 […]