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.

The Vancouver Shambhala Centre is open with in-person, online-only and hybrid in-person/online meditation sessions, programs and classes.

Our Covid-19 response plan includes:
– handwashing on arrival
– recording of contact information
– face masks mandatory
– physical distancing
– limited number of people in each room, 10-15% of our capacity
– our three slightly overpowered HVAC systems are configured to continually bring in fresh air during events, with UVC light sterilization of all recirculated air
– enhanced surface cleaning
For full details, please see this page.


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

NOTE: The November 25 and December 2 Wednesday Open Houses will be ONLINE ONLY.  We made this decision to support Dr. Bonnie Henry’s Provincial Health Order to limit social interactions to members of our own households until December 7.


Please check out our weekly public meditation schedule including our 5-6 pm 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.


To join us by Zoom, simply click here and follow the prompts.

Or start the Zoom app on your computer, tablet or smartphone, and join
Meeting ID: 517 279 1759
Password: 123456

Tips for using Zoom

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. For more information, please see our Care and Conduct Policy page.

Upcoming Programs

Taming the Mind and the Path of Meditation

with Cathryn Stein Abato

September 27th—December 20th

Kate Abato hosts Sunday afternoons of sitting meditation with a reading from The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, volume 1, followed by discussion. Continue »

Shambhala Sunday Morning Bodhisattva Warrior Practice

with Susan Chapman

October 4th—December 20th

You are welcomed to join us for a morning of sitting meditation, practices from the Shambhala Mahayana tradition and lively discussion about the path of warriorship in everyday life. Every Sunday morning Susan Chapman will lead these practices and teachin Continue »

Wednesday Open House-in person & online - 7pm

October 7th—December 30th

All are welcome online using Zoom. Limited in-person attendance. 7pm: sitting meditation, meditation instruction. 8pm: tea and cookies followed by a talk and discussion. Donations appreciated. Continue »

Wednesday Open House--online only - 7pm

November 11th—December 2nd

All are welcome online using Zoom. 7pm: sitting meditation, meditation instruction. 8pm: tea and cookies followed by a talk and discussion. Donations appreciated. Continue »

Five Mornings of Sitting Meditation

with Geoff Bannoff

November 24th—November 28th

5 mornings of sitting meditation. Mid-morning, there will be a brief practice talk. In-person and via Zoom. Continue »

An Introduction to the Shambhala Lineage, Part 2

with Walker Blaine

December 3rd—February 18th (2021)

This course explores the core elements of the Shambhala tradition. Continue »