Note New! A morning of meditation, Saturday October 3 and each month the day before the first Sunday of the month, 9am – noon. All are welcome to join us for all or part of each morning. Learn more »
Note Featured Program: Buddhist Studies Class – The Wheel of Life, alternating Tuesdays October 13 – December 22. Learn more »

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.
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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

Basic Goodness I: Who am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human.

with Margaret Jones Callahan

September 17th—October 22nd

In this course, we look at our experience of being "me," our sense of self and identity. Drawing from both the buddhist psychology of "selflessness" and the Shambhala view of basic goodness, we will explore our sense of self. Continue »

Japanese Flower Arranging Workshop

with Sally Yukawa

October 11th

Instruction in Ikebana flower arranging with Mrs. Yukawa, Sugetsu master. at 188 Aquarius Muse (Yaletown) Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

October 12th

An open practice meant for our particular time as a means of overcoming the obstacles of spiritual materialism in our practice, our lives and the world. Full Moon: practice. New Moon: practice and study of the view and methods of Vajrayana Buddhism. Continue »

Buddhist Studies Class - The Wheel of Life

with Martin Evans, Jerry Chapman, David Marshall

October 13th—December 22nd

Buddhist Studies classes on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, led by Martin Evans, Jerry Chapman, and David Marshall. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Emerita Sarah Addison

October 23rd—October 24th

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

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