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

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana

January 14th—June 10th

Shambhala Sadhana is done on or close to the Full Moon every month. It is a wonderful, inspiring practice that is open to all members. We begin with the Sadhana practice from 5:00-6:00pm, then we have an informal potluck meal together from 6:00-7:00pm. Continue »

Shambhala Day

February 27th

The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Russell Rodgers

March 4th—March 5th

Meditation provides us a glimpse of goodness that is inherent in our basic being. It’s a sense of being conscious, aware, and open to others. When we are in this state of goodness, we experience nowness as a series of small, delightful surprises. Continue »

Shambhala Art: 
Awakening the Creative Process Part 3

with Lynn Dragone

March 25th

Part 1: Coming To Your Senses - January 28 
What is it to perceive the world 'as it is'? Sensory experience grounds us and allows the natural flow of spaciousness and unselfconscious creativity to be revealed through art. 
Part 2: Seeing Things as 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