Ongoing Offerings (Online and In Person)

– In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, public gatherings for meditation will be halted until further notice.

– Online meditation (NEW) – Starting in April, some meditations and gatherings are continuing and will be taking place online.

There will be NO group meetings until it is safe to do so.  Thank you for your consideration. 

Online Classes and group meditation

Tuesday night group meditation  – Meditation instruction available if you want.  We are in the zoom room – Email for Zoom Barbara – All are welcome.      This is the group that had been meeting in Sydney and are now in space! 

Fridays 2 pm – Mahayana Study – online – contact kristine this was on thursday’s and has temporarily moved to friday’s.   Open to all.  We have been reading the Profound treasury for a few years.  We go slowly.



Learn to Meditate class through the NS Mental Health Association. 6 weeks for an hour, Thursdays 7pm.  Led by Barbara and Paul (details coming)

You might be interested in some of the other offerings as well in the region.


Tuesday’s – Singing the Dharma – 8:30 am 

This class is open to anyone, donations to the St. John Shambhala group are appreciated.  Based on the teachings of Buddhist meditators of the past and yes – you do sing!


Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana – Core Teachings of the Buddha

This class is open to all.  It is sequential so you may need to do some reading to catch up but that shouldn’t be a problem.   This class is from Fredricton, NB.  There is a charge.  Tuesdays at 6:30pm

Thursday Weekly Dharma Talk –  at 6:30 pm.  

These are being offered by the Halifax Shambhala Centre for free.  Donations are always welcome.  Please go to this page to see more details, view past talks and to register to get the link for the zoom.

If you like to do Protector Chants at 6pm daily – they are happening – email Kristine for the zoom info.

Open Public Sitting and Classes  (when we are permitted to gather again)

Margaree Area

Mondays 6 pm at Belle Cote Community Centre. contact Rebecca-Lynne

Mahayana Study Class – Approximately every friday we are studying the Profound Treasury, a collection of the Buddhist teachings of Chogyam Trungpa.  Belle Cote

Online – contact Kristine.

Tuesdays night 6pm-7:30pm room (now online)

Saturday 10:45 at the Y’s mens hall.

Sunday 11am at the Y’s mens hall sponsored by the Contemplation Society,

Indian Brook

Daily in the summer at Cabot Shores, 9:30am – call in advance 902 929 2584.

Individual Meditation instruction available with Barbara Weinberg.

Gampo Abbey (Pleasant Bay)

       You can become a temporary monastic or do an in house retreat,
       Long and short term Solitary Retreats can be done at Gampo Abbey also.


      Ask at the library for the Saturday weekly group meditation. 
      There are also periodic classes at the BOLD centre sponsored by Samadhi Ling
Big Hill Retreats has group meditation retreats a few times, they also have cabins that can be rented for solitary retreats.  Contact Terry or Linda 


Meditation instruction is available on request for anyone who needs an introduction or a refresher.

If you would like to get meditation instruction so you can practice on your own or have questions about your meditation.  Email Kristine and we will find a meditation instructor near you for you:)

Find how to get to our Shambhala Centre here.