Supporting Shambhala Monasticism


It was the heartfelt wish of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche that the monastic tradition be developed and nurtured in the West. Each year at this time, the monastic community at Gampo Abbey reaches out to ask for financial assistance from its friends and supporters.  As we enter our second quarter century, under the spiritual guidance of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche holder of the Shambhala lineage, our Abbot the Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, our main teacher Gampo Acharya Pema Chödrön, and the senior monastics, the Abbey community is committed to developing monasticism within the tradition of Shambhala Buddhism drawing from its Kagyu and Nyingma lineage. Gampo Abbey is seeking your support for the following:



  • Support for life monastics ($12,000) - provides support for medical and dental expenses as well as travel costs to dharma programs for the life monastic community.
  • Support for temporary monastics ($10,000) - provides support for temporary monastics who need financial assistance to cover the costs of the monthly resident's fees and general living expenses.



Our first priority again this year is our Fire Safety Renovation Fund. 2010 was the second year of a four-year program to improve the fire safety of the Abbey. This year's focus was on the installation of two new fire exits, one from the third floor men’s dorm and the other from the basement office area. PLEASE NOTE: We have an anonymous donor who will provide a matching donation for each dollar received for this fund, up to $10,000.



Following a long tradition of releasing animals from captivity, our annual lobster release pays the costs to purchase and release the last catch of lobsters from one of the local Pleasant Bay, NS lobster fishermen.



  • Shedra Monastic College Scholarships ($1,500) - provides support for Abbey residents in need of financial assistance to participate in the Abbey’s Shedra (advanced Buddhist study program). Shedra fees pay for teacher's stipend and travel costs.  Only outside teachers are paid; Gampo Abbey monastics are not paid when they teach at the Abbey.
  • Three-Year Retreat Scholarships ($5,000) - provides financial support for up to 25% of the costs for a segment of the three-year retreat for qualified practitioners who need support in order to complete the retreat.



Fees paid by residents cover only a small portion of the operating costs of the Abbey. We will use these funds where they are most needed.


On behalf of Ani Pema Chödrön and the monastic community at Gampo Abbey we want to thank you for the support that you have provided to Gampo Abbey in the past, and we hope that you will consider assisting us once again.


To make a gift to Gampo Abbey click here.