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 →

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

A Summer's Day of Meditation and Contemplation

August 25th

The day long practice will be an opportunity for clarifying the technique and view of meditation in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Sitting and walking meditation technique and Contemplation Practice will be offered as a method for opening to our innat Continue »

Miksang Level I: Looking and Seeing (an introduction to contemplative photography)

with Michael Foster

September 3rd—October 1st

Looking and Seeing introduces the practice of contemplative photography known as Miksang (Tibetan for "Good Eye"). Based on Chogyam Trungpa's Dharma Art teachings, this training provides a way to connect with true or clear perception. Continue »

The Art of Being Human - Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Russell Rodgers

September 16th—September 17th

Meditation provides us a glimpse of goodness that is inherent in our basic being. It’s a sense of being conscious, aware and open to others. This workshop, directed by Shastri Russell Rodgers, will be appropriate for people who want to learn to meditate Continue »