Dorje Denma Ling Shambhala Retreat Centre
2280 Balmoral Road
Resident teacher: Layperson (female)
Non-resident teacher: Layperson (male)
Alternate contact: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Lineage: Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche; HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche; HH Penor Rinpoche
Practices: Chanting sutras, chanting mantras, circumambulation, commentary study, dana to sangha, dance, discussion groups, flower arranging, meditation, music, painting, physical labour, precepts/ordination, prostrations, retreats, singing hymns, sutra study, Ngondro, Japanese tea
Meditation: Altruism (tonglen, etc.), breaths (counting), breaths (noticing), calming (shamatha), deity sadhana, dzogchen, insight (vipassana), loving kindness (metta), mudra, visualization, walking, yoga postures, Dorje Kasung
Public activities: Meditation daily 9-10:30 a.m. and 5:40-6:10 p.m.; Sunday open house year-round, 11-12:15 with meditation instruction and discussion, followed by weekly free community lunch at 12:30. Twice-yearly free ‘Learn to Meditate’ Saturday program; many public contemplative programs and retreats offered year-round, including some for children. Public programs offered throughout the year, including Shambhala Training and ‘Way of Shambhala’ courses, Family Camp and Sun Camp, many mindfulness- and health-related retreats, introductory Buddhist retreats, Contemplative Photography, Annual “Summer Set-up” and “Fall Take-down” weekends where people can live, work and practice with our community and earn $25/day program credit, and more.
Other activities and initiatives: Member of LETS (Local Economic Trading System); various local food-related initiatives; development under the ‘Living Building Challenge’
Affiliated with: Halifax Shambhala Centre, Gampo Abbey (Cape Breton, NS), Shambhala International (HQ in Halifax, NS), Shambhala Centres and Groups throughout Canada and the world (see www.shambhala.org)
Languages: English, French, Tibetan. All languages are welcome.
Updated: February 11, 2012