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

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

with Michael Foster

September 3rd—October 1st - Date postponed or cancelled

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 »

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