Spark your heart and mind through
the practice of meditation

The Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre is part of an international community of meditation centres founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and now led by his son and lineage holder Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Our Centre, located in Nelson, British Columbia, offers free meditation instruction, an integrated Shambhala Buddhist curriculum called The Way of Shambhala, a range of community activities and more.  In 2014 we bought, renovated and moved into our new home at 812 Stanley Street.  We invite you to  view some photos of our new centre.



New to Shambhala?

Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community. More →

Katie Baingbridge

Ongoing Offerings

Our centre offers a rich array of ongoing offerings free to the public including weekly public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend.  All are welcome. More →

Featured Programs

Public Class: Who Am I

September 14th—October 19th

The question "Who Am I?" is a fundamental inquiry about our human experience. This course explores how we think and feel about ourselves. We'll look at our experience of being “me,” and our sense of self and identity. Continue »

Level I Shambhala Training - The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Russell Rodgers

October 7th—October 8th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse a kind of goodness that is inherent and doesn’t depend on circumstances. This is actually the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potent Continue »

Public Class: Contentment in Everyday Life

October 26th—November 23rd

Mindfulness practice helps us to appreciate and find contentment in simple things. Mindfulness also makes it easier to meet difficult emotions and challenges with gentleness, steadiness and humor. This five week class is designed to help establish this as Continue »

Level II Shambhala Training - Birth of the Warrior

November 18th—November 20th

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our hesitation. We begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing the Continue »

City Retreat

with Shastri Russell Rodgers

December 4th—December 10th

Because we are meditating in the city, this week will be an opportunity to explore our ordinary lives in the context of intensive practice. The retreat will include yoga and Tibetan movement exercise, vegetarian breakfast and lunch, and talks and guided m Continue »

Recent News

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    The Pope, the Climate, and Enlightened Society

    Here in Nelson British Columbia, the Kootenay Shambhala Centre is taking part in an extraordinary event. For the first time, 50 to 60 people from various churches in town are meeting to talk. Among them are Catholics, Lutherans, United Church, Anglicans, Buddhists and a local Ashram. All are represented by church leaders and members of … Continue