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 »


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Meditation in Vancouver: Welcome to Shambhala

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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

“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

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.

At the Vancouver Shambhala 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 upcoming events, visit the programs page or the calendar.

You are most welcome to join us.

Please explore our website. If you have questions, email us at

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

Mon. 6-7pm
2nd & 4th Tue. 7pm,  Learn to Meditate
Wed. 7pm, Open House (+Instruction)
Fri.  morning 8-9am

Featured Programs

Friday Morning at the Meditation Warehouse

November 3rd—December 15th

Please join us for our Friday Morning Meditation at the soon to be centre. Continue »

MOVING WEEKEND -- loading up the PODS

December 15th—December 16th

This weekend, we move everything out of the Heather Street Shambhala Centre into storage Pods, until the 7th Avenue building is ready. Continue »

Children's Day

December 17th

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Ginny Evans

January 20th—January 21st (2018)

Through the practice of meditation we can trust our basic goodness and approach our lives with Joy. Open to everyone. Continue »

Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence (Prerequisites Apply)

with Acharya Susan Chapman

February 3rd—March 4th (2018)

Bring compassionate and strong leadership to the world, even in small ways. Continue »