Gampo Abbey

Building Merit

October 2013-December 2015 :

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(if you look through the trees, you can see the abbey)

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Crows Foot Creatives was put on ice for two years (in Cape Breton ice is not in short supply). Having packed up the shop, I served Gampo Abbey, a Buddhist monastery in Nova Scotia Canada, as head of their facilities. I enjoyed the benefits of Buddhist monastic life, and unleashed a flurry of improvements on the property. But, my main job there was to take it down a notch, breath, and enjoy the natural beauty around me. FAT CHANCE! It was non-stop building legistal maddness! an hour over treacherous mountain passes hanging on the cliffsides of Highlands National Park to get even a single screw.  It was, however, a good chance to hone my planning skills, and I fell in love with the land, found a rhythm of life that taught me many things about building and living. Thanks Gampo Abbey for all the lessons, and sunsets, so many sunsets!!

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Walk way for Pema Chodron

When I arrived, we were scratching our heads on how to avoid having Pema Chodron, our  esteemed teacher, using the drive way in the winter, as it turns into a luge track in the winter. This 120 foot walk way seems to be doing the trick.

Following, are smatterings of life and projects there:

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