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—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 →

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

Autumn Ikebana

with Roberta Sutherland

September 20th

An opportunity to deeply enjoy, and perceive afresh, the richness that blooms during this abundant season. An ikebana workshop that welcomes all levels of ikebana experience. Continue »

Harvest of Peace

September 21st

Harvest of Peace Celebration happens on or around the Autumn Equinox. It is an opportunity to practice together, hear the teachings as presented by our Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and an opportunity to celebrate the riches of our local culture and heritage. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Ginny Evans

September 27th—September 28th

A key introductory program, Shambhala Training Level I presents the practice of meditation as a way to uncover and contact our innate dignity and wakefulness. Continue »

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 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 »

Recent News

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    KSMC Grand Opening!

    September 5th—September 14th Date details + Room: Main Shrine Room The Grand Opening Week will start with an open house on Friday night, September 5. There will be an open house and tours of the new centre, with wine and appetizers at 6:30 pm. At 7:30 we will introduce Acharya Jenny Warwick, who has come … Continue