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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

Joy in Everyday Life

with Shastri Holly Gayley

February 25th—March 25th

Joy in Everyday Life, an online class taught by Shastri Holly Gayley. 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 »

What is Real

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

April 1st—May 6th

What is Real--Exploring the ordinary magic of reality with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell Continue »

Shambhala Training Sacred Path--Meek and Perky

with Sally Albert

April 10th—April 12th

Part of the Shambhala Training Sacred Path series, this program explores the dignities of Meek and Perky. Continue »

Shambhala Training Sacred Path--Outrageous and Inscrutable

with Russell Rodgers

May 8th—May 10th

Outrageous and Inscrutable are two of the four "dignities" are introduced as a path and a process, which describe a warrior's widening sphere of engagement in 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