All meditation sessions, programs and events have moved online using Zoom. Some classes and events have been cancelled as we adjust to the pandemic. Please check our monthly calendar for frequent updates.

Welcome to Shambhala

The Vancouver Shambhala Centre is a Buddhist meditation centre, offering a community grounded in a warm approach to the study and practice of meditation.

We provide instruction in mindfulness-awareness meditation for beginners and experienced practitioners, a diverse variety of evening and weekend programs as well as public group meditation sessions. We offer tools to help discover greater compassion, confidence, wisdom and joy in day-to-day life. The Shambhala teachings provide a way to extend personal transformation for the benefit of society as a whole.

Please join us at our online Wednesday Open House where you can receive free first-time meditation instruction, meditate with our community, and learn about buddhadharma.

Pease check out our weekly public meditation schedule including our 5-6pm daily online sitting meditation, our programs, classes and events page, and our monthly calendar.

Donations are appreciated, especially during these uncertain times when we have had to cancel most of our revenue-generating programs.

As all Shambhala Centres have moved meditation sessions online during the Covid pandemic, it’s easy to explore our virtual Shambhala neighbourhood. In addition to exploring Vancouver’s online offerings, please take advantage of these opportunities to practice with our friends at neighbouring Shambhala Centres. All Shambhala Centres are using Zoom for online offerings.

The Kootenay Shambhala Centre has meditation sessions most days:
Monday Night Open House | 7–9pm
Tuesday Night Meditation | 7–8pm
Wednesday Noon Meditation | 12–1pm
Friday Noon Meditation | 12–1pm
Sunday Morning Meditation | 9am–12pm

The Seattle Shambhala Centre hosts Sunday Morning Meditation from 9:45am to 12:30 pm and Thursday Evening Open House from 6:15-8:30 pm

The Bellingham Shambhala Centre hosts Virtual Open House Mondays from 7:00-8:30 pm.

The Victoria Shambhala Centre hosts Wednesday Open House Online from 6:20-8:15 pm

The Portland Shambhala Center hosts Weekday Morning Meditation from 9:00-10:00 am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The Boulder Shambhala Center has daily meditation sessions and dharma talks from 5-6pm hosted by senior Shambhala teachers. (Boulder Colorado is in the Mountain time zone. Their website says the starting time is 6pm, which is 5pm Pacific time.)

The Vancouver Shambhala Centre strives to be a community that fosters inclusiveness and accessibility, free from harm of any type. We recognize that harm occurs in our world, that it isn’t always understood or acknowledged, and that harm has occurred in our own community.  We fully support the work of the International Care & Conduct Panel as we aspire to learn from this, about this, and to make this exploration part of our path of cultivating awareness.

Upcoming Programs

Maitri Bhavana: A Loving Kindness Practice for Those Who Are Suffering

December 8th—May 24th

Maitri Bhavana meditation practice cultivates compassion by being willing to take on the sense of suffering of others, acknowledging our deep interconnectedness. Continue »

Online event: Celebration of the Life and Teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

April 4th

April 4 is the anniversary of the passing of the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the Druk Sakyong, ― meditation master and founder of Shambhala. Continue »

The Relaxed Mind - 7 Week Online Course

with Ron Hilburn

April 16th—May 28th

This online course, based on the book "The Relaxed Mind" by Dza Kilung Rinpoche, introduces seven methods designed to strengthen and deepen one's practice of sitting meditation. Continue »

The First Noble Truth: Meeting Suffering with Maitri Course

with Acharya Susan Chapman & Acharya Fleet Maull

April 28th—June 2nd

These Hinayana teachings provide an in-depth exploration of the foundational Buddhist teachings through the lens of the Shambhala terma. Continue »

Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging Workshops

May 24th

Ikebana workshops with a senior instructor in Sogetsu School Continue »