Our Centre is temporarily closed until we are complete the renovations in our new building at 812 Stanley St.

We expect to open in late April/early May.  Sign up on our email list below and we will let you know when we are back open.


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 →

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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

Joy In Everyday Life

with Sally Albert & Jill Kelly

April 30th—May 28th

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 »

Being human in the natural world - Weekthun

with Russell Rodgers

July 5th—July 13th

This is a week long forest retreat Continue »

Recent News

  • Skayong in LA

    April 2 at 1:30 MDT Check this out!

    Ever had a question for the Sakyong? Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will be joining sangha member Waylon Lewis next week on his popular online talk show, Walk the Talk. Tune in and watch Wednesday, April 2nd at 1:30 pm MDT: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/03/sakyong-mipham-is-meditation-selfish/ In addition to viewing the live interview, participants will have the chance to ask questions of the Sakyong … Continue