Gampo Abbey Turns 30

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 …

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Tour the Sacred Shambhala Sites on Cape Breton Island

  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 …

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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 […]

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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John Ianetti Honoured on 90th by Prime Minister, Buchanan and Friends

Have you seen John Ianetti at Cabot Shores?   If you have a good story of how you got to Cape Breton, he is likely to say with a smile:  “God love you”. He is a man with a penetrating gaze, and an abiding interest in meeting people and sharing his love for Cape Breton. The Ianetti’s came …

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