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

Shambhala Meditation: Proclaiming Basic Goodness, with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

February 19th—February 20th

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will introduce and give transmission for the practice of Shambhala Meditation. This offering is a special opportunity to learn and practice a new and direct type of meditation that helps us connect more directly to who we are. Continue »

Basic Goodness Series 2 - How Can I Help?

with Acharya Arawana Hayashi

February 24th—March 30th

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 »

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart

with Ginny Evans

April 1st—April 3rd

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 »

Joy in Everyday Life

April 20th—May 18th

Open to all, this five-class core path course introduces the Buddhist teachings on intelligent compassion and fosters discovery of the joy of discipline, health and bravery. Continue »

Basic Goodness Series 3 - What is Real?

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

May 4th—June 8th - Date postponed

What is Real--Exploring the ordinary magic of reality with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell 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