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 »
Practitioners’ Corner First Sunday morning of each month. Everyone welcome. Learn more»

 

Meditation in Vancouver: Welcome to Shambhala

For 40 years at our Heather Street location, Shambhala Vancouver, part of a worldwide community of meditators,  has introduced thousands of people to the practice of mindfulness-awareness meditation and to a transformative path of contributing to our world through fearlessness, gentleness, and wisdom. Now as our longtime home is slated for demolition, we are seeking a new location, still committed to the personal and societal vision of Shambhala.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche“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

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.

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.

Shambhala represents a willingness to awaken into our world with fearlessness and to appreciate the wealth and subtlety that surrounds us. This can be discovered through the study and practice of traditional Buddhism or other disciplines which cultivate our hearts and our awareness. At the Vancouver Shambhala Meditation 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 other upcoming events, visit the programs page or the calendar to explore the variety of evening and weekend programs intended to awaken people’s innate wisdom, compassion and sense of humour.

You are most welcome to join us.

Please explore our website. If you have questions, email us at vancouver@shambhala.org.

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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

PUBLIC MEDITATION:
Mon. 6-7pm
2nd & 4th Tue. 7pm,  Learn to Meditate
Wed. 7pm, Open House (+Instruction)
Fri.  morning 8-9am
1st Sun. of month 9am – noon, Practitioner’s Corner

PROGRAMS More →

Featured Programs

Basic Goodness I: Who am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Martin Evans

April 18th—May 23rd

We look at our experience of our sense of self and identity. Our sense of "me", drawing from both Buddhist "selflessness" and the Shambhala view of basic goodness. Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Shastri John Fox & Jennifer Rodrigues

May 6th—May 7th

An introduction to mindfulness awareness meditation, the notion of basic human goodness, and support in developing a sustainable meditation practice in daily life Continue »

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Gathering

with Acharya Susan Chapman

May 13th

Please join us for a monthly gathering for all members and their families, including discussions, potluck, and celebration. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri John Fox

May 20th—May 21st

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

Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Jennifer Rodrigues

June 16th—June 18th

Cultivating the willingness to observe our habitual patterns, moving through fear to fearlessness Continue »