Getting Started with Meditation

NEWS – Following Nova Scotia COVID health and safety guidelines, we are currently having limited in-person gatherings.

Many recurring events and classes are still held online via zoom.

Please check program and event listings for more information.

# 1 Sunday Morning Meditation

meditatioAll morning we practice mindfulness-awareness meditation alternating with walking meditation.  If you’ve never meditated before (or need a refresher), individual meditation instruction is available.

Where: Halifax Shambhala Centre
When: Every Sunday morning.
Details: Free.  Please refer to Open Meditations for more information.

Introductory Programs & Community Events

Throughout the year, the centre offers a variety of introductory programs on meditation and contemplative arts, as well as support groups, community events, and special festivities that are open to all.

Where: Online and Halifax Shambhala Centre
When: Please refer to our Introductory Program for current schedule.


Other  Ways to Get Involved


Online Resources

Shambhala OnlineShambhala Online

We really encourage people to come to the Shambhala Center in person when they can; having said that, Shambhala Online offers programs and talks that you can hear from home, including a great playlist of Open House talks.

community-group1Shambhala Global Site

Our centre is connected to a global community. Check out the many helpful resources on our global site including:

Meditation FAQ
YouTube Teachings Library
What is Shambhala?


Books for Getting Started


The Shambhala Principle coverThe Shambhala Principle (Sakyong Mipham)

The Shambhala Principle offers the principle of basic goodness as a way of addressing the personal and social challenges that we face. Do we, as humans, have confidence in the basic goodness of humanity, as well as of society itself?
Order from: Shambhala Media, Amazon


Picture of the Cover of Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior, Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior (Chögyam Trungpa)

A visionary work offering the path of the peaceful warrior to modern-day readers. Chögyam Trungpa reveals a method of overcoming aggression and violence in the world and fostering instead an enlightened society.
Order from: Shambhala Media, Amazon


Cover of Ruling Your WorldRuling Your World (Sakyong Mipham)

An approach to everyday emotions, decisions and dilemmas in our lives. Sakyong Mipham presents the radically simple idea that thinking of others can open our hearts and lead to natural happiness and confidence.
Order from: Shambhala Media, Amazon


Cover of Turning the Mind into an Ally,Turning the Mind into an Ally (Sakyong Mipham)

How do we train the mind? Sakyong Mipham gives precise and practical instructions on how to turn the mind towards its natural qualities of stability, clarity and strength through the practices of shamatha (calm abiding) meditation and contemplative practice.
Order from: Shambhala Media, Amazon


Picture of cover of The Myth of FreedomThe Myth of Freedom (Chögyam Trungpa)

A treatise on the true meaning of freedom. Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa describes how our habitual patterns of thought, behavior and even spiritual practice can become chains binding us to discontent and despair.
Order from: Shambhala Media, Amazon


TA picture of the cover of The Wisdom of No Escapehe Wisdom of No Escape (Pema Chödrön)

A collection of talks for beginning meditators. Pema Chödrön offers a profoundly gentle guide to making friends with ourselves and navigating the ups and downs of life through the practice of meditation.
Order from: Shambhala Media, Amazon