Community

The Halifax Shambhala Centre is home to a wonderfully diverse community who share a genuine connection to contemplative practice and the aspiration to realize a more wakeful, sane society.  “Sangha” is the Sanskrit term for “community of practitioners” – one of the three jewels of Buddhism.

Friends and members of the Shambhala Centre are welcome to attend celebrations, practice events, meetings and gatherings of special interest groups.

The Shambhala Buddhist path, unique in the world of Western Buddhism, combines the teachings of the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism with the Shambhala view of living an uplifted life, fully engaged with the world.  Programs in Shambhala Buddhist teachings, meditation and other contemplative disciplines are offered as well as free individual meditation instruction.

The Halifax Shambhala community is committed to social engagement – “turning the flower outward” to benefit others.  Members come together in a variety of groups to discuss and work on social issues such as aging, addictions, diversity, health, dying, hospice care, housing, and environmental sustainability.  If you are interested in participating in one of these working groups (or in starting one) please contact the centre for more information.

Please refer to Centre Resources for additional information and ways to participate.

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Below are upcoming community events and activities that you are welcome to participate in!

Community Events

Exit Planning

with Deborah Luscomb, Jacquie Bell, Dawn Carson

January 31st—November 28th

A monthly drop-in opportunity to work on your personal and funeral directives. Continue »

Celebrating Basic Goodness: Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana

March 31st—December 22nd

Join us for our Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Event -- Open to all members Continue »

Wise Action in a Time of Uncertainty

with Michael Chender

September 14th—September 15th

Drawing on the contemplative wisdom of Shambhala, Five Steps of Wise Action is a practical approach to more fully engaging situations with curiosity, openness and precision, with our intuitive sense of knowing switched on. Continue »

Harvest of Peace

September 22nd

Shambhala's annual celebration commemorating harvest, generosity, and seasonal bounty. Continue »

Winter Solstice & Children's Day Candlelight Ceremony

December 20th

This evening candlelight ceremony marks Winter Solstice and Children's Day. The celebration is for our entire community, friends and families. Continue »

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Children/Families

Harvest of Peace

September 22nd

Shambhala's annual celebration commemorating harvest, generosity, and seasonal bounty. Continue »

Winter Solstice & Children's Day Candlelight Ceremony

December 20th

This evening candlelight ceremony marks Winter Solstice and Children's Day. The celebration is for our entire community, friends and families. Continue »