You can learn to meditate at our Monday Night Open House.

Meditation is a natural state of the human mind—at rest, open, alert. The practice of meditation has been taught for over 2,500 years as a vehicle for realizing the beauty and magic of the ordinary world without aggression or manipulation.

The Shambhala teachings emphasize the wakefulness inherent in every situation or state of mind. Through discipline, gentleness and a sense of humor, the practitioner is invited to let go of conflicting emotions and wake up on the spot.

Meditation is the foundation of all we do at the Kootenay Shambhala Centre. This ancient practice of self-discovery is rooted in the simple but revolutionary premise that every human being has the ability to cultivate the mind’s inherent stability, clarity and strength in order to be more awake, compassionate and effective in everyday life.

About Meditation Instruction

The Kootenay Shambhala Centre provides free meditation instruction to anyone interested. We offer introductory instruction to newcomers, and further instruction to other practitioners, on Monday nights as part of our weekly Open House and at other times by request.

You can get an in-depth introduction to meditation through Way of Shambhala weeknight courses and weekend retreats.

Meditation instruction is not just for new practitioners; it is also recommended as part of ongoing practice. We welcome you to speak to an instructor about your practice anytime. You can also request an ongoing working relationship with an instructor.

Depending on your interest and experience, meditation instruction might include:

Introducing the practice of meditation – Introductory meditation instruction presents the basic approach to meditation taught in Shambhala.

Clarifying the view of meditation – In our tradition, meditation instruction involves more than the communication of a technique. At its heart it is about the transmission of the revolutionary view that unconditional goodness is the very ground of our being. By learning to relax more and more fully, we allow this fundamental nature to flower.

Instruction on working with obstacles to meditation – Common obstacles to meditation include disheartenment, resistance, procrastination, discursiveness and spacing out. The obstacles are well documented in the Shambhala teachings—and so are their antidotes.

Guidance on the path of practice and study – Shambhala provides many opportunities for students to deepen their practice and study—public meditation sessions, weeknight classes, weekend retreats, and more. A meditation instructor can help you navigate this path.

Guidance on joining meditation and daily life – The workaday world is where the rubber meets the road. Getting the tools to meet life’s ups and downs with a strong and pliable mind and an open heart is another potential benefit of working with a meditation instructor.

Meditation Instructors

Shambhala meditation instructors are senior Shambhala practitioners specially trained and authorized to help people deepen, expand and stabilize their understanding and experience of meditation.

We encourage anyone interested in this journey to work with the meditation instructor of their choice. This relationship is based on friendship, mentoring, and confidentiality. Arrangements are entirely individualized; they can range from a meeting or two to clarify points of practice to an ongoing relationship involving more regular meetings.

Meditation instructors currently available are listed below. Please feel free to contact any of them directly. For help connecting with an instructor, email us at

Sally Albert

Tim Albert

Lynn Dragone

Russell Rodgers

Cameron Wenaus