The Centre is now open for limited events.

Check the sidebar for in person opportunities. Please register for all in person events as the shrine room is limited to eight people.  Please read the Covid policies posted in the entrance.

Online meditation instruction and teachings are continuing for many events.  Please click on an ongoing offering in the sidebar to get a Zoom link so you can join from home.

The Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre is part of Shambhala, a global community dedicated to building a wise, kind and strong society based on recognizing the innate goodness of all.

We offer free meditation instruction and practice opportunities, a range of programs in the Shambhala tradition, and more.


  • Feeling the Goodness

    In Part I of this two-part essay, we looked at the genetics behind the universal human impulse to create good society. The logic was this: everywhere there are humans, we form society. Therefore, it must be in our genes. The first part of this essay was basically a book review of Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins … Continue 

  • Shambhala Art – Part 1 – Coming to Your Senses (Shambhala Online)

    This program begins June 19th but you can view recorded talks at your convenience.  Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre Dharma Art Instructor Lynn Dragone will be invigorating this on-line course by supporting anyone who participates through offering space at the Kootenay Shambhala Centre to share our work in the exercises and ongoing discussion throughout the summer. … Continue 

  • Advice for Doing a Covid Retreat by Shastri Russell Rodgers

    “Self-isolating” sounds a lot like being on retreat. It could be very boring. But maybe you’ve finally had your fill of Netflix. Maybe there are times in the day when you feel like you are bored and just spinning your wheels. Fortunately, we Buddhists know how to handle boredom (even if we are just beginning … Continue 

  • Kindness in the World

    All over the world, wherever there are humans, there are societies. We have evolved different languages, customs, and even skin colors. But always, there is society. Society has enabled us to transmit knowledge and technologies. These have enabled us humans to dominate the earth, perhaps to our own detriment. Some strands of Buddhism suggest that … Continue