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 →

Katie Baingbridge

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

April 20th—May 18th

Open to all, this five-class core path course introduces the Buddhist teachings on intelligent compassion and fosters discovery of the joy of discipline, health and bravery. Continue »

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

May 25th—June 22nd

As the path continues, we learn to work with our anxiety, so that we are not blocked by fear. Through an exploration of the traditional Buddhist teachings of mind and the nature of reality we learn to see clearly. Continue »

Rigden Weekend

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

June 10th—June 12th - Date postponed or cancelled

The Rigden Weekend, led by Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, shows how contentment, joy, fearlessness and wisdom of the Way of Shambhala I culminate in unconditional confidence ?? the foundation of being a Shambhala warrior in the world. Continue »

Being in the Forest

with Shastri Russell Rodgers

July 9th—July 17th

If you are an environmentalist, this retreat will be an exploration of ??deep ecology?. If you're not an environmentalist, don't worry: this isn't about politics. It's about our actual experience of nature on the level of drala: magical perception. 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