Frequently Asked Questions

Interested in learning more about the Halifax Shambhala Centre?  Please refer to the questions and answers, below.


For additional information, you can also read about uscontact us, and visit the centre.


What is Shambhala?

Shambhala is a global community of meditation and retreat centres founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  There are more than 100 centres and groups around the world, as well as thousands of individual members. Shambhala Meditation Centres offer courses in meditation and other contemplative arts and disciplines, and also host community gatherings, celebrations, and family events.

Read and learn more about Shambhala.

What is Shambhala Buddhism?

Shambhala is rooted in the contemplative teachings of Buddhism, yet is a fresh expression of the spiritual journey for our time; it is available to practitioners of any tradition.  Our lineage draws on the wisdom of the Kagyu and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism.  In the mid-1970s Chögyam Trungpa began to introduce teachings on Shambhala vision, based on his encounter with the Western world, and on the specific wisdom imparted from the Buddha to King Dawa Sangpo, the first sovereign of the legendary kingdom of Shambhala. This tradition teaches how to live in the secular world with courage and compassion.

Read more about Shambhala Vision and Shambhala Buddhism.

I have my own spiritual tradition; can I learn meditation without becoming a Buddhist?

Yes.  Mindfulness-awareness meditation practice is compatible with any spiritual tradition and can benefit everyone. In Shambhala, the vision of a decent and peaceful society includes people of all faiths and walks of life. Although some of our programs and events are open only to those who have fulfilled certain prerequisites, all are welcome at our centre and at public programs.

Read and learn more about meditation and community practice sessions.

Halifax Shambhala Centre

Can I visit the Centre to see what it offers?

Yes, you can visit or contact the centre during weekday office hours and learn more.  A good way of being introduced to the Shambhala Centre and meditation is the weekly Sunday morning meditation, which all are welcome to attend.

Please review online program listings careful, to confirm location of the event, whether in-person or online.

Do I have to be a member to attend programs or practice meditation at the Centre?

All are welcome to attend public meditation sessions, classes, weekend programs, and celebrations at the centre.  Note that for some activities and programs, attendance is limited based on certain pre-requisites and one’s current meditation practice.  This information is included in the program description in the centre newsletter or the centre programs page.

If interested learning more, read about membership and its benefits.

Is the centre accessible to those with mobility limitations?

Yes.  The Halifax Centre has a ramp at the north side entrance of the building and an elevator to access other floors.

Is the centre available to rent by community members or non-Buddhist organizations?

Yes! We have several spaces that are available to be rented on an hourly or full day basis for one time or recurring events. Please note, rentals work around our calendar and we won’t hold up programming based on rental arrangements. You can find our general rental policy here. Fees are negotiable based on the type and length of the rental.


How can I get introduced to meditation at the Centre?

You may learn meditation by attending our Introduction to Meditation program.  It is free and in-person.

Please contact the centre by phone, email, or in person to learn more.

What is a good way to develop a regular meditation practice?

After receiving meditation instruction, it is helpful to have a daily meditation practice, morning or evening, for a set period of time.  You can begin with short meditation sessions and increase your practice gradually over time.  Attending classes and weekend programs provides further opportunities for learning about the path of meditation and its application to daily life.

Classes and Retreats

Is there a cost for meditation classes and retreats?

There is no cost for public meditations, but donations are always welcome and appreciated.  For seminars, classes, and weekend programs, there is a requested fee.

Note that if cost is an issue, you may refer to our “Generosity Policy“.

Which meditation classes or retreats are best for those newer to meditation?

In addition to the 1st Sunday Introduction to Meditation class,, which provides the opportunity for Meditation Instruction, there are a variety of classes available for all levels of experience, including people new to meditation.

For more information, please refer to the centre programs page.


Are there programs or activities for families, children, and youth?

Yes, we welcome families at the Centre as a vital part of our community. Our aspiration is to have a local Shambhala community in which families gather for practice and feel included and supported.

For more information, please refer to the Families and Youth page. If you would like to see a particular program, we would love your input – and if you have time to help bring it into existence, please connect with our Practice & Education Coordinator!


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If you would like further information, please contact the centre.  We look forward to hearing from you!