Meditation Instruction and Public Meditation This Wednesday  (and every Wednesday, by donation). Shambhala Open House. Meditation, refreshments, talk and discussion. All are welcome.  7pm  Learn more »
Learn to Meditate Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. 7pm. Everybody welcome. Learn more »
Practitioners’ Corner First Sunday morning of each month. Everyone welcome. 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 (donations welcome). 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; donations welcome.

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 vancouver@shambhala.org.

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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

PUBLIC MEDITATION:
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

PROGRAMS More →

Featured Programs

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Gathering

with Acharya Susan Chapman

October 16th—October 1st (2017)

Please join us for a monthly gathering for all members and their families, including discussions, pot luck dinner and celebration. Continue »

Meek

with Shastri John Fox, Paul Belserene, Mariel Gomez, Joachim Sehrbrock, Zachariah Finley

November 13th—December 8th

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Geoff Bannoff

December 9th—December 11th

Cultivating the willingness to observe our cocoons of fear and our defense mechanisms. Continue »

Shambhala Vajrayana Weekend Retreat: The Great Perfection (with talks by the Sakyong)

January 7th—January 8th (2017)

This Shambhala Vajrayana Weekend Retreat is designed to be a gathering of vajrayana practitioners to come together for a weekend of practice and talks on "The Great Perfection" by the Sakyong. Continue »

Perky

with Acharya Susan Chapman

January 14th—February 16th (2017)

This course will explore the profound teachings of Perky and the dignity of the lion. Continue »