The Vancouver Shambhala Centre is open for limited events, some in person, some online only, and others  available both in person and online using Zoom.  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. Open House accepts limited in person attendance and online attendance via Zoom.

Pease 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.


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


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 online meditation sessions Wednesdays and Fridays at noon, and the Sunday morning community sitting.

The Bellingham Shambhala Centre hosts Virtual Open House Mondays from 7:00-8:30 pm, and several online sittings.

The Portland Shambhala Center hosts Weekday Morning Meditation from 9:00-10:00 am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The Boulder Shambhala Center hosts a Friday meditation session and dharma talks from 5-6pm 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. For more information, please see our Care and Conduct Policy page.

Upcoming Programs

Sadhana of Mahamudra

with Cathryn Stein Abato

January 10th—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 »


with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Loden Nyima, John Fox

September 22nd—November 3rd

This online course combines video teachings with live discussion moderated by John Fox, addressing the foundations of buddhism. Continue »

Introduction to the Shambhala Lineage

with Walker Blaine

October 1st—November 12th

Join meditators throughout the Pacific Northwest for a series of talks rooted in recorded talks on Shambhala by Walker Blaine and discussions moderated by senior teachers from Centres around the PNW Continue »