Getting Started with Meditation

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Halifax Shambhala Centre location will be CLOSED until further notice, with exceptions for specific meditations and events.

Online meditation – unless others noted, all meditation sessions, gatherings, and classes are taking place online using Zoom. Please refer to the programs listing for more information.

In-person meditation (NEW) – at the centre with social-distancing, Sunday morning meditation and any programs listed for ‘Main Shrine Room’


#1 Weekly Community Talk & Meditation

JTaste of Shambhalaoin us online any Thursday evening for meditation instruction and a presentation on applying meditation to daily life.

When: (to be scheduled)
Details: Free, please refer to the Community Talk & Meditation page.

# 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.

Where: Halifax Shambhala Centre (NEW) – recently resumed in-person meditation at the centre, limited to 20 people with social distancing.
When: Every Sunday morning
Details: Free, please refer to the Open Meditations page for more information.  Registration recommended.

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
When: Various times
Details: Please refer to the Introductory Programs page.


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?

Suggested 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