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St. John’s Shambhala Meditation Group

St. John’s Shambhala Meditation Group
Mailing address:
55 Cornwall Avenue
St. John’s, NL
A1E 1Y7

Meeting address:
120 LeMarchant Street, St. John’s


Non-resident teachers: We don’t have any authorized teachers living in St. John’s. We have a visit twice a year from Acharya Moh Hardin, who lives in Halifax. Shastri Alice Haspray, also from Halifax, provides guidance to our group. We can also contact Shambhala International’s Office of Practice and Study with questions. We bring in other teachers to offer programs from the Shambhala curriculum several times a year. These teachers usually reside in Halifax.

Lineage: Chögyam Trungpa was the founder of Shambhala, and the father of the current lineage holder, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Trungpa Rinpoche was the 11th descendent in the line of Trungpa tulkus, important teachers of the Kagyü lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Renowned for its strong emphasis on meditation practice, the Kagyü lineage is one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism. In addition to being a key teacher within the Kagyü lineage, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was also trained in the Nyingma tradition, the oldest of the four schools, and was an adherent of the rimay or “non-sectarian” movement within Tibetan Buddhism. Thus, our lineage draws on the wisdom of the Kagyu and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as the Shambhala terma teachings, first revealed by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1976, and continuing on till his death in 1987.

Practices: Discussion groups, flower arranging, meditation, retreats, opening and closing chants

Meditation: Altruism (tonglen, etc.), calming (shamatha), insight (vipassana), walking

Public activities:
Early morning meditation Mon-Fri: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Evening meditation Wed – Sat: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Meditation instruction for beginners & newcomers Wednesdays at 6:45pm
Sitting Meditation on Wednesdays (7:30-8:30 pm with a discussion group usually following until 9:10 pm)
Sundays (9:30 am for morning chants and meditation begins at 10:00 am -12:00 pm)
Weekend programs from the Shambhala Curriculum are offered several times a year with an authorized teacher.
Online programs through Shambhala Online are also offered occasionally.
Senior students facilitate Shambhala programs taught through CD, DVD, or online.

Other activities and initiatives: Visiting classrooms as requested by primary/secondary school teachers. Participating in all-faith presentations/forums. Information tables at various health and well-being events.

Affiliated with: Many Shambhala Centres and Meditation Groups across Canada. “Head Office” of Shambhala is in Halifax, NS.

Language: English

Established: 1990

Updated: February 6, 2012