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 limited in-person events, online-only events and hybrid in-person/online meditation sessions, programs and classes.

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.

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.


Masks, Vaccinations and our Covid-19 protocol
In keeping with the Buddhist principles of not causing harm to others, and not being a source of fear for others:

  • Starting November 1, everyone entering the Vancouver Shambhala Centre must provide proof of Covid vaccination.
  • Masks are required by the Province of BC in all public indoor spaces.
  • Please keep 2 metres away from others.
  • Limited number of people in each room, 25% 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

For full details, please see this page.

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

Heart of Recovery

May 25th—December 7th

he Heart of Recovery is a meditation and discussion group bringing together the practice of meditation, Shambhala and Buddhist teachings with references to the 12 steps of recovery. Continue »

Wednesday Open House-in person & online - 7pm

June 16th—December 29th

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

Taming the Mind and the Path of Meditation

with Cathryn Stein Abato

October 3rd—December 26th

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

View, Path and Fruition in the Three Yanas (online)

with Martin Evans

December 2nd—February 24th (2022)

Join us in a new course that describes the Buddhist path of the Tibetan Kagyu tradition. Based on the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, we will examine the foundation path of the Hinayana, the Bodhisattva path of the Mahayana and the vast path of the Continue »

Five Mornings of Sitting Meditation (December)

with Geoff Bannoff & Einar Maartman

December 12th—December 16th

5 mornings of sitting meditation. Mid-morning, there will be a brief practice talk or reading. Continue »