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 has suspended all in-person events in accordance with BC’s provincial orders for faith-based organizations.  Once these orders expire, we will re-open with limited in-person attendance, online-only, 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. Join our Open House via Zoom, with limited in-person attendance & Zoom once restrictions ease.

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.


Our Covid-19 response plan includes:
– face masks mandatory
– recording of contact information
– handwashing on arrival
– physical distancing
– limited number of people in each room, 10-15% 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
– enhanced surface cleaning
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

Wednesday Open House--online only - 7pm

November 11th—May 26th

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

Shambhala Sunday Morning Bodhisattva Warrior Practice

with Susan Chapman

January 3rd—May 30th

You are welcomed to join us for a morning of sitting meditation, practices from the Shambhala Mahayana tradition and lively discussion about the path of warriorship in everyday life. Every Sunday morning Susan Chapman will lead these practices and teachin Continue »

Taming the Mind and the Path of Meditation

with Cathryn Stein Abato

January 3rd—May 30th

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

Restart. Reconnect. Refresh.

with John Fox

May 6th—July 1st

Join long-time practitioner John Fox on the first Thursday of each month for guided meditation practice and discussion Continue »

Dying Well: A Book & Community Conversation [Online]

with Richard Reoch, Ron Schultz, Joshua Northcutt

May 8th

Hosted by the Seattle Shambhala Center, this conversation will bring together a diverse group of practitioners for an online discussion. Continue »