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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

Contentment In Everyday Life

with Lynn Dragone & Dale Cedar

January 14th—February 11th

Contentment can be hard to find. Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. With meditation practice, we relax with ourselves and appreciate simple human experiences. Difficult emotions and the challenges of life Continue »

Winter Practice Intensive: Working With Obstacles

February 10th—February 17th

Winter Practice Intensive: Working With Obstacles Traditionally, the period before Shambhala Day on Feb. 19 is a great time to purify obstacles and blockages. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Sally Albert

February 13th—February 15th

Open to Shambhala Training Level II graduates, this program aims to help participants develop the courage and confidence to step more fully into all aspects of daily life. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart

with Russell Rodgers

March 27th—March 29th

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 »

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