Frequently Asked Questions:
1) Where are you located?
2) What are your hours?
3) Can I borrow materials from the archives?
4) What material from the archives can I access online?
5) Can I volunteer?
6) How do I donate?
7) Why is my contribution/ involvement with the archives important?
8) What is in the archives?
9) How do you take care of it all?
10) How do I contact you?
11) What is the Dharma Ocean Society?
12) What is the Legacy project?
1. Where are you located?
We are located at the Halifax Shambhala Centre
1084 Tower Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2Y5
Here is a helpful map to our offices.
2. What are your hours?
The Archive is open from 11am to 5pm Atlantic Standard Time on weekdays. You can make
an appointment by calling us at (902) 420-1118, or we can be reached by email anytime.
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?
Much of our online material can be accessed on the Shambhala International website at the moment. Check back to the Archives site in the future as more will soon be available.
5. Can I volunteer?
Yes! Please feel free to contact us through email with your interest.
We had volunteers assist us from transcript work to cleaning , repacking and documenting the vidyadhara’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.
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?
he 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.
Shambhala and Buddhist Resources
Kalapa Media Publications
Kalapa Media Publications sells books and recordings, many of them based on materials in the Archives, and also offers banners and flags, pins, brushes, photographs and prints.
Shambhala Advanced Programs
Shambhala offers a wides variety of programming, built on the understanding that humanity is fundamentally good. From this place of strength and confidence, we have the power to create an enlightened society.
Offers live events, interactive courses, and a library of recordings from senior teachers in the Shambhala lineage
Communications system connecting the Shambhala global community through email, groups and friends