For more than 35 years, the Edmonton Shambhala Centre has offered Edmontonians the opportunity to work with their minds and hearts through meditation. Our mission is to inspire an awake and compassionate society through personal and collective transformation. 

We offer regular public meditation and meditation instruction, meditation courses and retreats, and a wide range of teachings from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Our public meditation is free (donations welcome), and our courses and retreats have a generosity policy.

Come and sit with us.


Featured Programs (see 'Programs' in top menu for full listing)

Contentment in Everyday Life (CIEL)

with Shastri David Kahane & Chris Hodsman

January 16th—February 13th

We often look for satisfaction and contentment outside ourselves. But when we get what we want, somehow it's not enough. True contentment is always right here, right now -- if we can relax and tune in. Continue »

Shambhala Day - Community Celebration for Year of the Earth Dog

February 18th

Join the Edmonton Shambhala Sangha in a the community celebration of Shambhala Day and the beginning of the year of the Earth Dog! Continue »

Shambhala Training Level II - Birth of the Warrior

March 2nd—March 4th

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III - Warrior in the World

April 13th—April 15th

The Warrior in the World begins to engage the world directly and extend the attitude of fearlessness to every day activities. Continue »

Way of Shambhala: Joy in Everyday Life

with Shastri David Kahane & Susan Boychuk

April 24th—May 22nd

Embracing the routine of our spiritual practices is a way to find the ground we need to feel human again. In this class we'll explore the meaning of joy and the true source of personal energy and inspiration. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level IV - Awakened Heart

June 8th—June 10th

In Shambhala Training Level IV, we learn how to awaken and open our hearts so that we can communicate fully with the world. Continue »

From Our Blog

  • Are you a Shambhalian dog owner…?

    As we enter the new Tibetan calendar year, we are busily preparing for Shambhala Day 2018, which will be celebrated at our Centre on February 16 and February 18. In honour of the Earth Dog Year, Shambhala International is inviting Shambhala members worldwide to email a photo of them and their dog (sorry, cat owners…). … Continue 

  • Meet Linda Peterson, our Membership Coordinator

    Linda uplifts the Centre in a multitude of ways, from her beautiful wood offerings, to coordinating the cleaning rota (on the kitchen bulletin board: check it out to discover how you can help), to generously answering your membership questions and needs as Membership Coordinator. More on membership here. In this interview with Lise Gaston, our Publicity … Continue 

  • Celebration of Children’s Day

    On December 10th we celebrated the Winter Solstice and Shambhala Children’s Day. This holiday was instituted by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. It celebrates children and childhood and provides a special opportunity to express our appreciation for and with them. We shared a potluck lunch; children passed small toys through ceremonial smoke and put them on the shrine; … Continue 

  • Meet Our New Centre Co-Directors, Phyllis & Anita

    Phyllis Woolley and Anita Christianson officially began their new roles as Centre Co-Directors this fall, but have been active and welcoming members of the Edmonton Shambhala community for years. Below, they share their very different paths, their mutual aspirations, and a few of their favourite things about living in Edmonton. How would you describe yourself? … Continue 

  • November Rigden Weekend

    From November 17-19, participants from Edmonton, Calgary, and Nelson took part in a program called ‘Rigden Weekend’. The Rigden is a representation of our enlightened nature and embodies the principle of unconditional confidence. Historically, Rigdens were enlightened rulers—those who could “rule their world” based on their unwavering experience of basic goodness. The retreat was led … Continue