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 meditation, Buddhism and Shambhala.

Please see our weekly public meditation schedule and join us for free sitting meditation Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, or online every day 5-6 pm. Please view our programs, classes and events page, and our monthly calendar.


The Vancouver Shambhala Centre is a 7 minute walk from the Broadway/City Hall Skytrain station, serviced both by the Canada Line Skytrain and the 99-B bus. Location details


Donations are appreciated to help provide a place for meditation, study and community for current and future generations of Vancouverites.  The Vancouver Shambhala Centre is a volunteer-run, volunteer-funded meditation centre.  We rely on donations from members and friends to keep our doors open.  more..


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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. For more information, please see our Care and Conduct Policy page.

Upcoming Programs

Midsummer's Day Picnic

June 22nd

An outdoor picnic 1-4 pm. Continue »

Ikebana workshop with Mrs. Sally Yukawa

with Sally Yukawa

June 23rd

Join Sogetsu ikebana teacher Mrs. Yukawa for an exploration of the Japanese Way of Flowers. Continue »

Nyinthün (all day sitting meditation)

June 29th

Meditate with the community from 10 am - 12:30 pm, and from 2 - 4:30 pm. Sitting and walking meditation. Continue »

Awakened Heart: Shambhala Training Level IV

September 14th—October 5th

The fourth program in the Heart of Warriorship, 4 saturday mornings, Sept 14-Oct 5, online via zoom Continue »

Shambhala Training Intro weekend -- The Art of Being Human

October 5th—October 6th

This 1-1/2 day program is the first weekend in the Shamhala Training series of 5 weekends exploring meditation and mindfulness in the world. Continue »

Open Sky: Shambhala Training level V, online

November 9th—November 30th

The culmination of the 5-Level Heart of Warriorship program, online via Zoom, five Saturday mornings: Nov. 9, 16, 23, 30 Continue »

Shambhala Training Level 2 - Birth of the Warrior

November 29th—December 1st

The second weekend of the Shambhala Training meditation program. Facing our habitual patterns with mindfulness and tenderness. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level 3 - Warrior In The World

January 10th—January 12th (2025)

The third weekend in the Shambhala Training meditation program. Taking the gentleness, fearlessness and clarity of meditation practice into our daily lives. Continue »

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