Meditation Instruction and Public Meditation This Wednesday  (and every Wednesday, by donation). 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 »
Practitioners’ Corner First Sunday morning of each month. Everyone welcome. Learn more»

 

Meditation in Vancouver: Welcome to Shambhala

For 40 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. Now as our longtime home is slated for demolition, we are seeking a new location, still committed to the personal and societal vision of Shambhala.

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 (donations welcome). 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; donations welcome.

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 vancouver@shambhala.org.

New to Shambhala?

Get started with personal meditation instruction from an experienced and authorized meditation instructor:
Open House Wednesday 7:00 pm.
Learn to Meditate every second and fourth Tuesday 7:00pm More →

Everyone Welcome

PUBLIC MEDITATION:
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

PROGRAMS More →

Featured Programs

Drawing Practice Weekend

August 26th—August 27th

Drawing Practice is an opportunity to connect with ourselves and our world. In drawing, mindful observation naturally brings us into the present moment - a place of curiosity, discovery, and everyday magic. Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Joachim Sehrbrock & Mariel Gomez

September 9th—October 2nd

Cultivating the ability to greet the present moment without aggression or denial. A practical foundation for being present. Open to all. Continue »

Japanese Flower Arranging Workshop

with Sally Yukawa

September 10th

Mrs. Yukawa, a senior Instructor in the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, will give instruction in 2 styles of Ikebana arrangements. Please bring container, cutting shears, needlepoint holder (kenzan) and lunch. Continue »

Shastri Oaths and Kalapa Garchen News with Acharya Chapman

September 10th

Please join us for a very special occassion Continue »

Basic Goodness II: How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society

September 14th—October 19th

This second 6-evening class in the Basic Goodness Series looks at Shambhala and Buddhist understanding of society, compassion, and what enlightened society may be. Continue »