Wednesday Open House

Open House, hosted every Wednesday night at the Vancouver Shambhala Centre, welcomes newcomers into the community with warmth. The evening takes first time meditators through guided instruction which flows into a relevant talk about meditation practice. Experienced meditators are welcome to come and practice meditation together, as well, and many people in our community make Open House a regular part of their lives.

If you would like first-time meditation instruction, please arrive either in-person or on Zoom at 6:55 pm to introduce yourself.

The evening begins at 7:00 pm with brief meditation instruction given to everyone by the timekeeper in the main meditation hall. Sitting and walking meditation in the main meditation hall continue until 8:00 pm. (You are welcome to arrive late or leave early for this meditation period.)

In-person meditation instruction begins about 7:25 pm in the secondary meditation hall. At the same time, Zoom meditation instruction begins in a Zoom breakout room.  In both cases an experienced meditation instructor gives detailed meditation instruction with time for questions and discussion. Many people find it helpful to repeat this meditation instruction session.

At 8 pm everyone joins back in the Main Meditation Hall for announcements of upcoming events. Then, please get yourself a cup of tea and join us either in-person or on Zoom for casual conversation.

At 8:15 there is a dharma talk and discussion. The evening concludes about 9 pm.

There is no fee for Open House, though donations are appreciated.

Everything you need is provided; just come as you are.

Please bring a face mask, or you can pick one up at the entrance. We also require everyone visiting the Vancouver Shambhala Centre to be fully vaccinated against Covid, starting November 1st.


To join us by Zoom, click here

Or start the Zoom app on your computer, tablet or smartphone, and join
Meeting ID: 517 279 1759
Password: 123456

Helpful tips for Using Zoom for online meditation and classes.


Donations are appreciated, especially during these uncertain times when we have had to cancel most of our revenue-generating programs.