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

Taste of Shambhala: Open House & Community Gathering

September 18th—February 19th (2020)

Please join us each Wednesday from 6-8:30pm for food, conversation and meditation at the Shambhala Centre. Meditation instruction provided. Continue »

Doug van Hemessen photography show: Meet the artist reception

October 20th

Artist Doug van Hemessen is showing in our community room through October. Meet the artist at a reception on Oct. 20 at 4PM. Continue »

Nalanda Translation Committee Slideshow and Presentation: Our Fourth Journey to the East

October 26th

The Translation Committee invites you to join us for a presentation on our fourth journey to the East to work with Karma Senge Rinpoche on the Collected Tibetan Works of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra New Moon Practice

October 27th—January 22nd (2020)

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is open to the entire Shambhala community and is practiced on or near the new moon days of the lunar calendar. Continue »

Reading the Tibetan Book of the Dead on the Day of the Dead

November 2nd

Annual reading out loud of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. It is said that the more familiar one becomes with the bardo teachings from the traditional text, Great Liberation Through Hearing in the Bardo, the more likely one is to recall the instructions at Continue »

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Children/Families

Shambhala Day Celebration- The Year of the Iron Mouse

February 24th (2020)

Shambhala Day is a time of celebration, nourishment, and community. Continue »