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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


with Russell Rodgers

November 26th—December 10th

One of the great mysteries of human nature is the question of why people do the things they do. If we go back to the original, open, spacious mind where thoughts and emotions arise as display, we can discover energies in our being that haven’t yet cong Continue »

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Cameron Wenaus

November 28th—November 30th

In this program, we observe how we personally create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear, and we begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness. Shambhala Training Level I is prerequisite. Continue »

Awakening to the World Part I: Coming to Your Senses

with Lynn Dragone

December 6th

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. Continue »

Awakening to the World Part II: Seeing Things as they are

with Lynn Dragone

January 10th (2015)

What is the difference between our thoughts about things and the things themselves? Through felt sense and thought sense we explore ourselves, our everyday life and art. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Sally Albert

February 13th—February 15th (2015)

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 »

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