We plan to slowly and cautiously reopen the Vancouver Shambhala Centre starting July 1. Details here
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 Wednesday Open House where you can receive free first-time meditation instruction, meditate with our community, and learn about buddhadharma. Compassion Meditation for Difficult Times is online Mondays at 7:00 pm and Saturdays at 10:30 amShambhala Sunday Mornings are 9:30am – noon.

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.


To join us by Zoom, click here

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


As all Shambhala Centres have moved meditation sessions online during the pandemic, it’s easy to explore our virtual Shambhala neighbourhood. In addition to 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

Sadhana of Mahamudra

August 15th—December 29th

An open practice meant for our particular time as a means of overcoming the obstacles of spiritual materialism in our practice, our lives and the world. Continue »

Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana - Course II - The Second Noble Truth

with Acharya Dale Asrael & Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

June 23rd—July 21st

How does the state of suffering arise? This course explores in depth the Five Skandhas. Continue »

Monday 5-7pm sitting, in-person/online

July 6th—July 13th

Sitting & walking meditation, 5 - 7 pm. In person and online using Zoom. Continue »

Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging Workshops

July 12th

Ikebana workshops with a senior instructor in Sogetsu School Continue »

Meditation in the Midst of Social Change

with Cathryn Stein Abato

July 12th—July 26th

Dharma talk and discussion, led by long-time practitioner Kate Abato. Join us for sitting meditation 2-4 pm, followed by the talk Continue »

Community Conversations

with Acharya Susan Chapman

July 28th—August 18th

These community conversations will be moderated by Acharya Susan Chapman. Continue »