Join Lama Tsultrim for these Wisdom Rising events, amidst the beauty and mystery of Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia, a small province on Canada’s east coast, has long been a place of refuge, mystery, and ordinary magic. Perhaps that’s why in the late 1970s and early 1980s Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche advised his sangha to move there. He said this would be a good place to establish enlightened society. Over 600 Buddhists immigrated to Nova Scotia during this period, putting down roots and integrating into the local community.
Lama Tsultrim’s visit will begin in Halifax, the province’s largest urban centre, with a talk and book signing on the evening of May 23. We will then travel to Cabot Shores in the community of St. Ann’s Bay on Cape Breton Island for a weekend retreat, May 25-27. The St. Ann’s Bay area stretches along 72km of the Cabot Trail and joins several smaller communities into one. Home to the Gaelic College and Artisans Loop, the tallest waterfall in Nova Scotia, and one of the oldest settlements in North America; St. Ann’s is rich in history, culture and thrives with talented, artistic locals. Though a small population may suggest otherwise, our community offers over 40 unique small businesses and has some of the most beautiful and iconic scenery you will encounter on Cape Breton Island. If you have time to tour Cape Breton in between, you may want to hike in the Cape Breton Highlands, visit Scottish and Acadian coastal villages, and stop by Gampo Abbey, a small monastic community that is the seasonal home of Pema Chodron (contact them first). About an hour north of Cabot Shores is Kalapa Valley, a sacred site recognized by Trungpa Rinpoche as the spiritual center of the Shambhala Kingdom and mandala.