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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—all meant to help people of all kinds awaken their innate wisdom, compassion and sense of delight.

We invite you to join us in celebrating this journey of discovery.



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 →

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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

Basic Goodness Series 2 - How Can I Help?

with Acharya Arawana Hayashi

October 1st—November 5th

This six-session recorded course explores our relationships with others, an aspiration to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation. We look at a Shambhala understanding of society, and what enlightened society may be. Continue »


with Shastri Emerita Rebecca Hazell

October 17th—October 19th

Through exploring the depth of perception, one engages the elemental and magical strength inherent in the world. The principle of drala refers to the sacred energy and power that exists when we step beyond aggression. Continue »

Shambhala Art - Part 1 & 2

with Lynn Dragone

October 24th—October 26th

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Sally Albert

November 28th—November 30th

In this program, we observe how we personally create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear, and we begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness. Shambhala Training Level I is prerequisite. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart

with Russell Rodgers

March 27th—March 29th (2015)

In this program, limited to Shambhala Training Level III graduates, we learn to allow our hearts to open so that we can communicate fully with the world. Continue »

Recent News

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    Harvest of Peace Celebration

    This years Harvest of Peace was a lovely day to gather and bring in the change of the seasons.  We began the morning with the Sadhana of Basic Goodness: a potent practice to help work towards enlightened society.   The entire community can do this practice together on these special days. The morning was accompanied with kids, … Continue