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 →

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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 Potential and Possibilities of Aging

with Linda Moore & Lee Reid

September 24th—October 29th

Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre invites you to attend this series of 6 sessions which will explore the potential and possibilities of living fully within the realities of physical aging. Continue »

How to Meditate

with Shastri Russell Rodgers & Cameron Wenaus

October 10th

Many of us are interested in mindfulness meditation, but don’t know quite where to begin. Or perhaps you’ve been introduced to meditation and want to enrich your understanding and practice. We present a meditation technique rooted in deep wisdom tradition Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Russell Rodgers

October 24th—October 25th

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 »

Great Eastern Sun: An Introduction to the Sacred Path

with Sally Albert

November 7th—November 8th

This Shambhala Training program teaches how to see the Great Eastern Sun, the primordial energy and brilliance that is the basis of all that exists, and introduces membership in Shambhala, a living context for building a sane society. Continue »

Being Fully Human in the City

November 21st—November 27th

Being Human in the City An In-Town Meditation Retreat, November 21-27 Because we are meditating in the city, this week will be an opportunity to explore our ordinary lives in the context of intensive practice. The retreat will include yoga and Tibe Continue »

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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