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Apr 15
Shambhala News Service
New Director and Shastri-in-Residence appointed for Gampo Abbey

Haspray 2The Kalapa Court is pleased to announce that the Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, has appointed Mr. Richard Haspray as the new Director of Gampo Abbey and Ms. Alice Haspray as the Abbey’s Shastri-in-Residence, starting 1 October 2013.

The Hasprays are among the earliest founding members of the Shambhala community, having been students of the Vidyadhara the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche from his early days of presenting the dharma in North America and co-directors of Rocky Mountain Dharma Center (today known as Shambhala Mountain Center).

They first met Trungpa Rinpoche when they were students of the renowned Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. At Rinpoche’s request they spent a year practicing and studying at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery. They are widely travelled and much appreciated teachers and leaders in our global mandala. As well as being Shastri-in-Residence at Gampo Abbey, Alice will continue teaching in other places and working with Shambhala groups in Nova Scotia — particularly those on Cape Breton Island, Antigonish, and Nova Scotia’s South Shore.

The appointment of Richard and Alice Haspray to these positions follows the recommendations of the Gampo Acharya Ani Pema Chodron, the Leadership Council and monastic Elders of Gampo Abbey to the Sakyong.

The outgoing director, Ms. Barbara Badessi, who has been at Gampo Abbey since October 2010, will be returning to Halifax, where she served previously as the Manager of Community Development at the Halifax Shambhala Centre. Over the past three years, she has worked with the leadership and community of Gampo Abbey with much dedication and warmth and has been deeply appreciated.

Please join us in expressing appreciation for these Shambhala warriors and in sending them every good wish.

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8 responses to “ New Director and Shastri-in-Residence appointed for Gampo Abbey ”
  1. Chandali Pietrzykowska
    Mar 6, 2014

    Reading about your appointments brought a big smile to my face. The joy and pride of hearing good news about close members of the family. Much love and continued success to both of you. Chandali

  2. Gayle MacDonald
    Jul 9, 2013

    Hello Alice (and Richard): Congrats again on your appointments to Gampo! Alice, I tried to email you at the address you gave me, with little success. Could you please email me at [email protected]? Thanks. Gayle.

  3. Congratulations Indeed!!
    KI KI SO SO!!

    You will always hold a special place in my heart, Alice.
    You were one of the powerful teachers at the Warrior’s Assembly I attended
    in 99. Powerful teachings and powerful teacher that you are remains deep
    in my heart. It’s people like you who bring us deeper into our practices and
    devotion to the dharma. Than you so much!!!

  4. Skylar and Ted
    Apr 19, 2013

    What wonderful news for you two! I can’t imagine a better synergy, but then I don’t know a lot of couples like you. Both Ted and I wish we lived closer to Gampo Abbey to participate in that with you all. May this be a most valuable change for you both. thank you for being you!!!! Always grateful to you both, much love, skylar and ted.

  5. Catherine Edwards
    Apr 16, 2013

    Congratulations Richard and Alice! Gampo Abbey is fortunate to have two such accomplished and devoted people as its leaders. All the best.

  6. Ki Ki So So Dearest Venerable Shambhala Warriors. Best of coincidence in these new roles ~ we know you’ll both be such tremendous assets to the Abbey. You’ve just gotten used to one bay and will now meet a wilder coast. May you be blessed in this transition. TATAblisslove, theDADAs

  7. What fabulous news – Congratulations!

  8. Jan Watson
    Apr 15, 2013

    Amazing – you two never give up! It’s really impressive. Congratulations and love …Jan

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