Getting Started

People are always free to stop into or call the Shambhala Centre during our regular office hours, however there are three main ways that most get started with meditation. 

All are open to everyone!

#1 Weekly Taste of Shambhala Open House and Community Gathering

JTaste of Shambhalaoin us any Wednesday evening for meditation instruction and an introduction to what Shambhala is all about. We also appreciate your volunteer help for this event!

 

Where: Halifax Shambhala Centre, 1084 Tower Rd.
When: Every Wednesday, 6-6:45 Soup  7-8:30pm Talk and Intro to Meditation
Details: $5 suggested donation, no pre-registration required 

# 2 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 on site.  If it’s your first time, it’s recommended to come at 9am, but generally you can come or go at any time throughout the morning.

Where: Halifax Shambhala Centre, 1084 Tower Rd.
When: Every Sunday, 9am-12pm
Details: Free; no pre-registration required

#3 Introductory Programs and Community Festivities

Throughout the year, we hold all kinds of introductory programs on meditation and contemplative arts, as well as support groups, community events, and special festivities that are open to everyone. Click here for more information.

 

Where: Halifax Shambhala Centre, 1084 Tower Rd. (unless otherwise specified)
When: Various times
Details: Most classes and programs have a tuition fee and require registration; most support groups and community events are by donation, and some require registration. Please see individual listings for details.


 


Other  Ways to Get Involved

Individual Meditation Instruction

Meditation instruction is available to anyone, free of charge. In addition to Open House and Sunday mornings, we can arrange individual introductory instruction to newcomers and follow-up instruction to other practitioners by appointment. Please contact the centre if interested.

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?

Old-Fashioned Books

Sacred Path of the WarriorSimply reading a book written by our teachers and lineage holders including Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, or Pema Chödrön, are a great inspiration to many people. Some recommended classics, which can be found in our library, are:

Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
The Shambhala Principle by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön