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—all meant to help people of all kinds awaken their innate wisdom, compassion and sense of delight.
We invite you to join us in celebrating this journey of discovery.
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Louis Butterfield October 12, 2017
For nearly two years I've been frequenting the Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre and have been amazed and delighted by a few aspects of their culture. 1: They welcome everybody in with an open heart and are genuinely CURIOUS about the people that visit their centre. 2: They aren't pushy. 3: They're earnestly trying to help themselves, others and society become more genuine, more gentle and more compassionate. 4: It isn't an escape from our daily life. Though the centre does provide a space wherein you can come to learn and practice meditation, these people stress the importance of infusing our seated meditation practice with all aspects of "the daily grind." Overall this centre is a safe, elegant and mindful space to meet other practitioners of open heart and open mind. Very much recommended.
Anie Boudreau October 01, 2014
This centre is so very beautiful in every way. So much love went into creating this sacred space, that you can pretty much feel the kindness oozing out of the walls. :) The staff and members have always gone out of their way to make me feel welcome. It has now become my second home. I am so grateful for all the amazing teachers and programs offered here that have helped me soften as a human being and be more awake in this amazing world. Much love <3
Hoda Ghamrawy October 01, 2014
Spacious Centre full of Light and welcoming, a friendly community. It was the second time I signed up for this weekend retreat and it was simply marvelous. Breathing...let go of levels, let go of expectations and simply listen to a wise lady laugh and share her joy of living the teachings. Breathe...touch and let go... Simple sacred steps...breathe...it is all life and it is all joy and the teachings are there to help us simply be the basic goodness that we are...not a self improvement weekend...the art of being human...a practice that brings it all in...practice...a life long experience... In and out...in and out...in and out... Lady Yeshe Tsogyel gracing the Shrine Room. A community, a sangha that lives its potential... My potential...I identify with Lady Yeshe Tsogyel and I see her in all the participants and the teachers around me and in me... In our own way we are all Sky Dancers... oh and the food was good too. The centre a beautiful spot to meet oneself... The neighbours sing and the doors are open. Acceptance at its best...The river is indeed flowing and the drums beat and we practice the art of being human within the Stanley Street sounds... I feel gratitude and I feel blessed. Thank you very much one and all.
Sean Manoukian September 30, 2014
I showed up for the opening of the newly renovated Kootenay Shamhala Meditation Centre. It was my first time in Nelson and I honestly didn't know what to think. When I stepped in the door I was greeted warmly by one of the members and invited into the centre. All in all It's a fantastic space, a really wonderful place all around. Whether you're new to meditation or are looking to connect with other members of the community, the Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre offers everything you'd ever want in a community meditation center.