We would love to hear from you!
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Where are you located?
We are located at the Halifax Shambhala Centre
1084 Tower Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2Y5
Here is our location.
2. What are your hours?
Due to COVID-19 Provincial guidelines, the Shambhala Archives is operating with reduced hours. Limited staff will be present and the Archives will be open by appointment only from 10-4pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. There is a sign-up sheet and hand sanitizer available at the entrance. Face coverings are mandatory, and we are practicing social distancing.
3. Can I borrow materials from the archives?
You cannot borrow materials from the Archives, but you can make an appointment for
a viewing. We can also make copies of audio/visual materials, but we do not
release originals. This can be arranged on a case-by-case basis.
4. What material from the archives can I access online?
Everything you see on this website and through our affiliates is free for you to view and access on an ongoing basis.
5. Can I volunteer?
Yes! Please feel free to contact us using the form above with your interest.
Volunteers assist us in transcript work, cleaning our vault and workspace, repacking and documenting the Druk Sakyong’s personal belongings.
6. How do I donate?
Thank you for your interest in helping! If you’d like to donate, please click here and follow the instructions on our donations page.
We also accept credit card donations by telephone or complete one of our donation cards and drop it in the mail to us.
7. Why is my contribution/ involvement with the archives important?
The Shambhala Archives needs your donations and volunteer time to continue. We
are a non-profit organization and do not receive any funding from outside
sources other than the goodwill of volunteers and contributors, such as
8. What is in the archives?
You can find a sample of our holdings here. But we highly recommend you come for a visit!
9. How do you take care of it all?
Since the Archives’ inception, we have designed facilities to preserve and take care of the variety of materials in our care.
Please see our technical documents for discussions of our considerations while preserving different types of material in our collections.
10. How do I contact you?
Using our handy contact form above.
11. What is the Dharma Ocean Society?
The Dharma Ocean Society was an organization devoted to the support of the activities of the Shambhala Archives. The name for the society was taken from Chögyam Trungpa’s own name, Chögyam — a shortened form of Chökyi Gyatso — which is Tibetan for “Dharma Ocean”. The Archives was originally funded almost exclusively by donations received from the more than 300 members of the Dharma Ocean Society, who would contribute on a monthly, yearly, or one-time basis. It was instituted in 1989, shortly after the inception of the Archives itself. It has been inactive for ten years, although individual donors continue to be an important source of support.
12. What is the Legacy project?
The sole purpose of the Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project is to promote and
support the dharma legacy of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. The Legacy Project will
be an independent non-profit foundation incorporated in the United States, in
Canada (as a charitable organization) and in Europe, serving to preserve,
disseminate and expand Chögyam Trungpa’s legacy. The Legacy Project will
support and augment the preservation, propagation, and publication of Trungpa
Rinpoche’s dharma teachings. It will further these goals through support for
existing programs as well as the initiation of new projects and programming.