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

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana practice

October 15th—December 17th

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana is a chance for the members of our centre to come together to practice and touch into the basic goodness in ourselves, in all those around us and in society as a whole. Continue »

Simply Eating

November 2nd—December 7th

A light lunch of contemplative eating practice. Mindulness-awareness, decorum and attuning to our senses. Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Retreat in the City

with Shastri Russell Rodgers

December 4th—December 10th

This intensive retreat will be an opportunity to explore a meditation practice that is designed to fit in our ordinary lives. It will be suitable for beginning and advanced meditators alike. Continue »

The Heart of the Matter, with Pema Chodron

with Acharya Pema Chödron

January 8th—February 12th (2017)

This course is being offered in celebration of Pema Chödrön’s 80th birthday, just before she embarks on a yearlong retreat.  It is a wonderful opportunity to experience her generous heart and deep wisdom in this very special online course. Featur 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