The Montréal Shambhala Meditation Centre is inspired by the mythical kingdom of Shambhala, an enlightened society where compassion flourished. The inhabitants of the kingdom lived together with open hearts, courageously committed to the path of warriorship. We aspire to make the myth a reality, leading an honest and authentic life, inspiring the possibility of an awakened society.

The King of Shambhala received profound and vast teachings from the Buddha on how to enter a spiritual path without giving up worldly responsibilty and enjoyment. Shambhala Buddhism offers a way to practice virtue in a world of violence and suffering, without rejecting the culture that is ours.

Buddhism comes from the Sanskrit word Buddha which means "awake". It is a gradual and methodical path leading to the full realisation of human potential. At the heart of the path is shamatha meditation, a practice of mindfulness and awareness that involves examining the nature of thoughts, emotions and sensations, to rediscover the natural purity, goodness and brilliance of our being. This practice is based on direct experience rather than belief or dogma.

Shambhala Buddhism proclaims that the upliftedness and dignity discovered in meditation can be extended to all individual and social activity.

LINEAGE

The Montréal Shambhala Meditation Centre was founded in 1971 by Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1940-1987). Abbot of the monasteries of Surmang until his flight out of Tibet in 1959, master of meditation accomplished in the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, scholar, artist and poet, Trungpa Rinpoche was one of the most dynamic buddhist masters of the 20th century. Founder of Nalanda University in the United States and meditation centres around the world, author of dozens of books translated into numerous languages, he became famous for his direct approach and incomparable ability to transmit essential teachings that are immediately understandable to western students.

In 1990, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Trungpa Rinpoche's eldest son, took over from his father to lead more than 160 Shambhala Centres under the Shambhala International banner. Born in India in 1962, the Sakyong studied with his father, then with His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910-1991), head of the Nyingma lineage, then with H.H. Penor Rinpoche. He also studied at Oxford University, England. A meditation master known for the clarity and richness of his teachings, Mipham Rinpoche is also a master of kyudo (art of Japanese archery), and an expert rider.

The Acharyas

True to Trungpa Rinpoche's ambition for buddhism to take root in the west and become part of our culture, Sakyong Mipham has given the rank of acharya (senior teacher) to his most experienced students, including Pema Chödrön, to ensure the transmission of the teachings throughout the world.

Meditation Instructors

The Montréal Shambhala Centre provides instruction given by experienced students. The practice of meditation is a solitary path full of discoveries and often strewn with pitfalls. This is why the Sakyong, like his father before him, strongly recommends to those who are seriously interested in meditation to meet regularly with an instructor and develop a long-term relationship. The instructor will be able to answer questions, suggest adjustments and guide the student on his or her journey.

You can get in touch with an instructor at an introductory evening, a Shambhala Training weekend or on Tuesday evenings.

 

The Montréal Shambhala Meditation Centre is inspired by the mythical kingdom of Shambhala, an enlightened society where compassion flourished. The inhabitants of the kingdom lived together with open hearts, courageously committed to the path of warriorship. We aspire to make the myth a reality, leading an honest and authentic life, inspiring the possibility of an awakened society.

Dawa Sangpo (sanskrit : Suchandra)
first king of Shambhala

The King of Shambhala received profound and vast teachings from the Buddha on how to enter a spiritual path without giving up worldly responsibilty and enjoyment. Shambhala Buddhism offers a way to practice virtue in a world of violence and suffering, without rejecting the culture that is ours.

Buddhism comes from the Sanskrit word Buddha which means "awake". It is a gradual and methodical path leading to the full realisation of human potential. At the heart of the path is shamatha meditation, a practice of mindfulness and awareness that involves examining the nature of thoughts, emotions and sensations, to rediscover the natural purity, goodness and brilliance of our being. This practice is based on direct experience rather than belief or dogma.

Shambhala Buddhism proclaims that the upliftedness and dignity discovered in meditation can be extended to all individual and social activity.

Chogyam Trungpa RInpoche,
founder of Shambhala International

LINEAGE

The Montréal Shambhala Meditation Centre was founded in 1971 by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1940-1987). Abbot of the monasteries of Surmang until his escape out of Tibet in 1959, master of meditation in the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, scholar, artist and poet, Trungpa Rinpoche was one of the most dynamic buddhist masters of the 20th century. Founder of Nalanda University in the United States and meditation centres around the world, author of dozens of books translated into numerous languages, he became famous for his direct approach and incomparable ability to transmit essential teachings that are immediately understandable to western students.

Sakyong Mipham RInpoche

In 1990, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Trungpa Rinpoche's eldest son, took over from his father to lead more than 160 Shambhala Centres under the Shambhala International banner. Born in India in 1962, the Sakyong studied with his father, then with His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910-1991), head of the Nyingma lineage, then with H.H. Penor Rinpoche. He also studied at Oxford University, England. A meditation master known for the clarity and richness of his teachings, Mipham Rinpoche is also a master of kyudo (art of Japanese archery), and an expert rider.

The Acharyas

True to Trungpa Rinpoche's ambition for buddhism to take root in the west and become part of our culture, Sakyong Mipham has given the rank of acharya (senior teacher) to his most experienced students, including Pema Chödrön, to ensure the transmission of the teachings throughout the world.

Meditation Instructors

The Montréal Shambhala Centre provides instruction given by experienced students. The practice of meditation is a solitary path full of discoveries and often strewn with pitfalls. This is why the Sakyong, like his father before him, strongly recommends to those who are seriously interested in meditation to meet regularly with an instructor and develop a long-term relationship. The instructor will be able to answer questions, suggest adjustments and guide the student on his or her journey.

You can get in touch with an instructor at an introductory evening, a Shambhala Training weekend or on Tuesday evenings.