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 or our Shambhala Sunday Morning programs.  At either program you can receive free first-time meditation instruction, meditate with our community, and learn about dharma.

Please check out our weekly public meditation schedule, our programs, classes and events page and our monthly calendar.



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.

Upcoming Programs

Maitri Bhavana: A Loving Kindness Practice for Those Who Are Suffering

December 8th—December 6th

Maitri Bhavana meditation practice cultivates compassion by being willing to take on the sense of suffering of others, acknowledging our deep interconnectedness. Continue »

Buddhadharma Without Credentials

with Ron Greenberg & Joan Cawsey

February 13th—March 12th

This series of five classes based on early talks given by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche will interest new meditators as well as experienced practitioners. Continue »

Climate Crisis Conversations

with Acharya Susan Chapman

February 22nd

You are very welcome to join us on the last day of the 'earth dog year' for hosted conversation, meditation and a ritual for restoring our relationship to the elements of the natural world. Continue »

Shambhala Day Celebration

February 29th

Shambhala Day is based on the traditional Tibetan lunar new year. Come celebrate with us! Continue »

Ani Pema's Audio Talk and Guided Meditation Instructions on Tonglen Practice

March 1st

Tonglen is a bodhicitta practice for activating loving-kindness and compassion. Continue »

Awakening the Heart III: Fearless Garuda: Emptiness and Absolute Bodhicitta

with Acharya Susan Chapman

March 3rd—March 31st

This is the third five-week course in a four-part series that offers a comprehensive introduction to the teachings and practices of Mahayana Buddhism. Continue »