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 →

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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

Delicious Radiance Fundraiser

September 12th

Come join us for an evening of fun and music to help raise money for a new sign. Tickets are $30 and available at the centre before and after public sitting periods. Continue »

The Potential and Possibilities of Aging

with Linda Moore & Lee Reid

September 24th—October 29th

Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre invites you to attend this series of 6 sessions which will explore the potential and possibilities of living fully within the realities of physical aging. Continue »

Introduction to Kado: The Way of Flowers

with Roberta Pyx Sutherland

September 26th

This will be a workshop in Japanese flower arrangement that welcomes all levels of experience. It is an opportunity to deeply enjoy, and perceive afresh, the richness that blooms during this abundant season Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Russell Rodgers

October 17th—October 18th

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 »

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