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.

 

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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

The Heart of the Matter, with Pema Chodron

with Acharya Pema Chödron

January 8th—February 12th

This course is being offered in celebration of Pema Chödrön’s 80th birthday, just before she embarks on a yearlong retreat.  It is a wonderful opportunity to experience her generous heart and deep wisdom in this very special online course. Featur Continue »

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 Art: 
Awakening the Creative Process Part 1

with Lynn Dragone

January 28th

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 Continue »

How to Meditate

with Shastri Russell Rodgers & Lynn Dragone

February 18th

In this workshop, we will present a meditation technique rooted in deep wisdom traditions, but accessible and free of dogma. Continue »

Shambhala Art: 
Awakening the Creative Process Part 2

with Lynn Dragone

February 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