Update:  After two years of construction delays, we are now open!

Welcome to Shambhala

The Vancouver Shambhala Centre is a Buddhist meditation center, 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 Wednesday Open House or our Shambhala Sunday Morning programs.  At either program you can receive free first-time meditation instruction, meditate with our community, and learn about dharma.

Please check out our weekly public meditation schedule, our programs, classes and events page and our monthly calendar.


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

A Year of Deepening in Compassion Part IV -- Skillful Dragon: Lojong and Compassionate Engagement

October 20th—January 19th (2020)

The spiritual path does not lead to non-activity and withdrawing from the world. This course explores the teachings on Lojong (famous mind-training slogans by Atisha) that invite us to utilize the difficulties and problems we encounter to deepen our path. Continue »

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

December 8th—February 2nd (2020)

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

Year End Meditation Retreat

December 27th—December 29th

Year end sitting meditation retreat. Continue »

New Year's Eve Practice and Celebration

December 31st

You are warmly invited to join us in ringing in the new year! Continue »

The Path of Mahamudra, as taught by The Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

with Acharya Susan Chapman & Martin Evans

January 2nd—February 6th (2020)

Exploration of Trungpa Rinpoche's Mahamudra teachings, presented by Martin Evans and Susan Chapman. Open to all Shambhala trantrikas. Continue »

Excellent At The Beginning class

with Ron Hilburn

January 3rd—January 31st (2020)

5 week class based on Khenpo Karthar presentation of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, in book Excellent at the Beginning. Of interest to new and seasoned meditators Continue »