Membership

The Vancouver Shambhala Centre is a community of practitioners devoted to the practice of mindfulness-awareness meditation and the application of meditation to daily life for individuals and society.  For more than 40 years, Vancouver Shambhala has been providing a place for the people to learn to meditate and to practice together. It is an entirely volunteer-run organization.  It exists because of the support of its members, who each make an ongoing monthly contribution to the centre’s expenses.

In addition to supporting the continued existence of the centre, a member may choose to request a personal meditation instructor, to enrol in the worldwide web network of Shambhala and have access to its resources, and be invited to community events or to take on volunteer activities.

In the past, programme revenues have covered a significant portion of the centre’s costs, but in the years since moving from Heather Street in December 2017, we have been either unable to offer programs, or limited in our ability to rely on program revenue. Now, more than ever before, our survival as an organization depends upon members’ financial commitments.

Because we are entirely volunteer run, there are also plenty of volunteer activities.  If a financial contribution is not feasible, please consider offering your time or energy to assist in running the organization and maintaining the capability for practice and other activities.

If membership does not appeal, but you would like to support the centre financially, we would be delighted to consider you a ‘Friend’ and, with your permission, enlist you in the Shambhala network as such.

 

Your membership contributions are tax deductible – you will receive a charitable donation tax receipt at the end of each year.

 

What are the benefits of membership?

Connecting with our community by becoming a member helps support your practice and strengthen your understanding of Shambhala Buddhism and the principles of Shambhala in many ways:

  • Ongoing support for your meditation practice with a meditation instructor
  • Automatic membership in Shambhala’s world-wide network
  • Access to member resources at shambhala.org
  • Invitations to community events, programs, and classes
  • A Membership pin, welcome booklets and a yearly Calendar & Practice Record Book
  • A wealth of opportunities to volunteer and contribute to the vitality of the centre
  • Eligibility to participate in the Centre’s governance
  • Eligibility to apply to attend advanced training programs
  • The joy of helping the profound tradition of meditation continue to survive and flourish

 

For more information about becoming a member, please contact us.