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Regular Meditation Times

Mondays 6-7pm

2nd & 4th Tuesdays 7pm

Learn to Meditate

Wednesdays 7-8pm
Open House

Friday mornings 8-9am


North Shore Meditation Group

Mondays 7pm
North Vancouver

Fraser Valley Meditation Group
Thursday 7:30pm


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Shambhala Meditation
Centre of Vancouver
3275 Heather St.
Vancouver, BC

Welcome to Shambhala


The Vancouver Shambhala Meditation Centre is a part of an international Shambhala community of meditation centres founded in 1973 by the Tibetan meditation master, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by his son and lineage holder, 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, surrendering our fantasies of something better. When we do that, the discovery of our own goodness on this planet becomes an exercise in appreciation and wonderment. 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. Through the path of meditation, we can touch our inherent sanity and by sharing that with others, actually create an enlightened society. 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 also offered on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7pm.


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 in Buddhist Studies, 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 or phone us at 604-874-8420 during our office hours:  Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to noon.



Upcoming Programs:

Learn to Meditate
April 28th
Free instruction in mindfulness/awareness meditation, from an authorized instructor in the meditation traditions of Shambhala. No experience necessary.
more info

Open House
April 29th
All are welcome; no charge. 7pm: Sitting meditation, meditation instruction. 8pm: tea and cookies followed by a talk and discussion.
more info

First Sunday: Practitioner's Corner
May 3rd
A community gathering of practice, conversation, food and including a talk by Acharya Susan Chapman. Open to all.
more info

Open House
May 6th
All are welcome; no charge. 7pm: Sitting meditation, meditation instruction. 8pm: tea and cookies followed by a talk and discussion.
more info

Japanese Flower Arranging Workshop
May 10th
Instruction in Ikebana flower arranging with Mrs. Yukawa, Sugetsu master. at 188 Aquarius Muse (Yaletown)
more info

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Vancouver Shambhala Meditation Centre
3275 Heather Street, Vancouver,  BC V5Z 3K4
Tel. 604 874 8420    Email:

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