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:

  • 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, 20% 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

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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

Second Saturday Community Sitting

January 8th—March 12th

Join the community for meditation, coffee and conversation the second Saturday of each month. Open to the public. Continue »

Taming the Mind and the Path of Meditation

January 9th—February 27th

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

Wednesday Open House-in person & online - 7pm

January 19th—March 30th

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

Meditation In Action (class)

February 14th—March 14th

As a group, we will listen to a series of talks by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The discussions will be led by Ron Greenberg, a senior practitioner. Continue »

Five Mornings of Sitting Meditation (February)

February 19th—February 23rd

Join us this BC Family Day long weekend for five mornings of sitting and walking meditation. Drop in to any or all of the meditation sessions. Continue »

Integrated Sacred Path program: GES, Windhorse, Drala

March 12th—May 14th

An integrated exploration of the three foundational aspects of Shambhala's Sacred Path program - GES, Windhorse, Drala - taking place over the course of 8 Saturday mornings online Continue »