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Becoming a member of the Shambhala Meditation Center is a statement about your personal inspiration, curiosity, and commitment to the path of awakening. It means participating in a community of practitioners who aspire to relate to each other with honesty, warmth, and openness. We inspire one another to deepen our practice of mindfulness, awareness, and compassion. We also provide each other an opportunity to practice compassion and patience.

We invite anyone interested in our Shambhala Centre to consider becoming a member. Becoming a member of our Centre simultaneously brings membership in Shambhala, a global community committed to cultivating mindfulness, awareness and compassion―personally and in society.


Membership is a way to express appreciation for what Shambhala provides and help make it available to others. This involves three areas of engagement and support:

Practicing meditation

Making a connection to mindfulness-awareness meditation or related contemplative practice and integrating this practice into daily life is considered the best way for members to support Shambhala and benefit the world and ourselves.


All of the work of our Centre and much of the work of the Shambhala global community is done by volunteers. Giving our time and talents to the work of the community is a vital form of support and viewed as part of members’ practice.

Providing financial support

We rely on membership dues to pay our basic operating expenses and view financial giving as part of our practice as well. Suggested Kootenay Shambhala Centre dues are $40 per month. Members are welcome to give more or less than these amounts as they feel inspired.

Fill our our membership form online and our membership coordinator will be in touch with you.

Why does membership matter?

Although membership is not required to participate in much of what the Center has to offer, without our community’s financial and volunteer support, we would not be able to offer all the wonderful programs, practice sessions, and events that we do.  It is because of our members that the profound tradition of meditation is able to survive and flourish. Payment of membership dues is the financial backbone of our Shambhala Center.

What are the benefits of membership?

Connection with our community by becoming a member helps support your practice and strengthen your understanding of Shambhala Buddhism in many ways:

  • Members receive ongoing meditation instruction with a personal meditation instructor
  • Members are invited to community events, programs, and classes, and receive discounts for some programs
  • Membership pin
  • Automatic membership in Shambhala’s world-wide network
  • Access to member resources at
  • Access to the Centre’s library
  • Opportunities to staff programs and receive related training
  • Eligibility to participate in the Centre’s governance
  • Discounts on use of the Centre’s retreat cabin
  • Keys to the Centre (as seen appropriate)
  • Scholarship fund

Fill our our membership form online and our membership coordinator will be in touch with you.

Kootenay Shambhala Scholarship Fund

pin-rigden_abhisheka-200x200The Kootenay Shambhala Scholarship Fund was established and has been maintained largely by the generosity of local Centre teachers who have donated their teaching honoraria for the purpose. It offers support to Kootenay Shambhala members who need financial assistance to attend key Shambhala programs outside of the Nelson area.

The Fund operates under the following guidelines:

  • Eligibility requirements:
    • Dues-paying membership for at least six months prior to applying for funding
    • A history of volunteering at the Centre
    • A working relationship with a meditation instructor
  • To be considered for an award, a member must submit a short email of application indicating the program’s name, location, dates and significance to the member; the member’s efforts to secure funding from other sources; and the potential benefit of the member’s participation in the program to the Kootenay Shambhala community.
  • Applications are to be submitted to the Scholarship Fund Committee, who will submit their recommendations to the Kootenay Shambhala Council for approval and disbursement of awards.
  • In general, the maximum award will be $300.

You can contact the Scholarship Fund Committee at


Those who are in the sangha are warriors, because they are trying to overcome samsara. Members of the sangha support one another and care for one another. They are not perfect, but they inspire us because they are people who want to deepen their practice of mindfulness, awareness and compassion. The sangha is also a container. When we practice together, the sangha helps our discipline. We realize that there are other people around who are going through the same thing. That gives us a feeling of encouragement.
– Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche