Grand-Opening Weekend! Sept 5th to 7th

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—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

Witness the Creation of a Compassion Sand Mandala

September 8th—September 11th

This September, Shambhala Centre will be fortunate to have a Tibetan lama come to demonstrate the art of making sand mandalas.Creating and viewing mandalas is said to be very beneficial for bringing harmony to a community and the world in general. Mandala Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Ginny Evans

September 27th—September 28th

A key introductory program, Shambhala Training Level I presents the practice of meditation as a way to uncover and contact our innate dignity and wakefulness. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Sally Albert

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 »

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

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 »

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart

with Russell Rodgers

March 27th—March 29th (2015)

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

  • Skayong in LA

    April 2 at 1:30 MDT Check this out!

    Ever had a question for the Sakyong? Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will be joining sangha member Waylon Lewis next week on his popular online talk show, Walk the Talk. Tune in and watch Wednesday, April 2nd at 1:30 pm MDT: In addition to viewing the live interview, participants will have the chance to ask questions of the Sakyong … Continue