Grand-Opening Weekend! Sept 5th to 7th

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

Kootenay Shambhala Centre Grand Opening

September 5th—September 7th

After months of renovations to our newly purchased building, the Kootenay Shambhala Centre in Nelson BC is about to celebrate our grand opening. Continue »

Witness the Creation of a Compassion Sand Mandala

September 8th—September 14th

This September, Shambhala Centre will be fortunate to have a Tibetan lama come to demonstrate the art of making sand mandalas.Creating and viewing mandalas is said to be very beneficial for bringing harmony to a community and the world in general. Mandala Continue »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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