Open House cancelled for Canada Day, July 1

Meditation in Vancouver: Welcome to Shambhala

For more than 30 years at our Heather Street location, Shambhala Vancouver, part of a worldwide community of meditators,  has introduced thousands of people to the practice of mindfulness-awareness meditation and to a transformative path of contributing to our world through fearlessness, gentleness, and wisdom.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche“Enlightened society is not a utopia, but a place where we are brave enough to see— and be—just who we are…Slowing down to self-reflect and feel our worthiness, and to feel confidence in it, creates space.Then we have the actual intelligence to know which way to go.”

– Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
The Shambhala Principle

The vision of Shambhala is based on the wisdom, sanity and compassion that comes from mindfulness-awareness meditation. It proclaims that our lives are workable and even wonderful. The Shambhala community is a support for all who aspire to follow this path.

Open House: A great place to begin is our Wednesday Open House from 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm. All are welcome; no charge. 7pm: Sitting meditation, meditation instruction. 8pm: tea and cookies followed generally by a talk or video and discussion on topics of Shambhala Buddhism and applications of meditation in daily life. Open House is offered on most Wednesdays except for some special events.

Learn to Meditate Evenings are offered on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Meditation instruction, sitting and walking meditation practice, discussion. All are welcome; no charge.

Shambhala represents a willingness to awaken into our world with fearlessness and to appreciate the wealth and subtlety that surrounds us. This can be discovered through the study and practice of traditional Buddhism or other disciplines which cultivate our hearts and our awareness. At the Vancouver Shambhala Meditation Centre, we present a range of disciplines which share one core ethic: wakeful intelligence. Our community consists of new and longer-term members who engage in exploring their world as individuals, together.

We offer free meditation instruction, classes, a comprehensive curriculum of study classes, meditation practice and Shambhala Training — a progressive series of weekend secular workshops that help students establish a personal meditation practice aimed at engaging more fully and compassionately in the world.

For more information about these or other other upcoming events, visit the programs page or the calendar to explore the variety of evening and weekend programs intended to awaken people’s innate wisdom, compassion and sense of humour.

You are most welcome to join us.

Please explore our website. If you have questions, email us at

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Get started with personal meditation instruction from an experienced and authorized meditation instructor:
Open House Wednesday 7:00 pm.
Learn to Meditate every second and fourth Tuesday 7:00pm More →

Everyone Welcome

Mon. 6-7pm
2nd & 4th Tue. 7pm,  Learn to Meditate
Wed. 7pm, Open House (+Instruction)
Fri.  morning 8-9am
1st Sun. of month 9am – noon, Practitioner’s Corner



Featured Programs

First Sunday: Practitioner's Corner

July 5th

A community gathering of practice, conversation, food and including a talk by Acharya Susan Chapman. Open to all. Continue »

Sakyong Enthronement 20th Anniversary Celebration

with Acharya Susan Chapman

July 5th

Dear Vancouver Shambhala Members and friends, You are warmly invited to a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Enthronement of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on Sunday, July 5th, 2015, from 4-6 pm, featuring a public practice of the Shambhala Sadhana. Continue »

Japanese Flower Arranging Workshop

with Sally Yukawa

July 12th

Ikebana workshop in Yaletown with Sogetsu master Mrs. S. Yukawa Continue »

Introduction to Contemplative Psychology (Karuna Training)

with Melissa Moore, Ph.D.

September 26th—September 27th

An introduction to the fundamentals of Karuna Training and the foundations of Contemplative Psychology. An introductory class for people who would like to learn about and experience the fundamentals of Karuna Training, and be introduced to the foundations Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

October 24th—October 25th

Discovering basic goodness in the world and in ourselves. Continue »

Recent News

  • Open House Cancelled July 1

    This year Canada Day, July 1, falls on a Wednesday, and we will be closed. May all find their wakefulness with family, friends, and fireworks.  We also take this opportunity to remind everyone that our Centre closes each year for the month of August, the month when many of us are on retreat or attending … Continue