Incorporated in 1976, Crystal Mountain Society is a non-denominational charity based in British Columbia, Canada. It was founded by students of Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche -- a Westerner trained in the Theravada and Vajrayana Buddhist traditions. We support the development of a Western expression of Buddha Dharma and promote the development of the wholesome, clear, interested mind through study, meditation and compassionate work. Membership is open to anyone in sympathy with these objectives.
Crystal Mountain Society offers programs to everyone and seeks to keep fees as low and as flexible as possible. Generous donations have allowed us to purchase and maintain our home on Galiano Island.
The Society is governed by a Board of Directors and many other volunteers contribute to its ongoing operation. The Retreat Centre on Galiano Island is also maintained and operated entirely by volunteers.
We strive for sustainability in many ways, starting with the health of the forested landscape and its importance to all life forms, to the nurturing of beings through support of body, mind and spirit.