A Shambhala community has existed in Fredericton for nearly twenty years. In 2002, after several years of meeting in members' homes and borrowed spaces, the membership purchased the house at 20 Serenity Lane and became the first Shambhala Center in New Brunswick.
The Fredericton Shambhala Center is part of an international community of 165 meditation centers founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The Shambhala Buddhist path, unique in the world of Western Buddhism, combines the teachings of the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism with the Shambhala view of living an uplifted life, fully engaged with the world.
"Sangha" is the Sanskrit term for "community of practitioners" - one of the three jewels of Buddhism. The Shambhala Center is home to a wonderfully diverse community who share a genuine connection to contemplative practice and the aspiration to realize a more wakeful, sane society. Friends and members of the Shambhala Center are welcome to attend celebrations, practice events, and social gatherings.