NoteFree Meditation Instruction and Public Meditation This Wednesday  (and every Wednesday). 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 »

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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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

Maitri: Five Wisdom Energies

with Acharya Richard John

November 27th—November 29th

Maitri Five Wisdoms is an interactive meditation practice created by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, based on the traditional Buddhist principles of the five Buddha families. Continue »

Movie Night - Crazy Wisdom, the Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa

December 4th

Movie Night, showing 'Crazy Wisdom, the Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa', a feature length documentary, By donation. Popcorn included! Continue »

Aging? Tea and Conversation

December 6th

Do you feel like you're getting older? Members' tea and conversation on Sunday, December 6 from 4 to 5:30 pm Continue »

Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

with Rick Merrill

December 11th—December 13th

Developing the bravery to step outside our cocoons. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

December 11th

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 »

Recent News

  • “The Secret Love Letters of St. Paul”

    Wednesday, October 14th, Brian Callahan, a long time Shambhala practitioner will read from his just published novel, The Secret Love Letters of Saint Paul. This special talk and book signing will take the place of the usual Wednesday night Shambhala Open House program. A tale about Basic Goodness and the courage to hold true to … Continue