Wednesday Open House

Open House, hosted every Wednesday night at the Vancouver Shambhala Centre, welcomes newcomers into the community with warmth. The night 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.

During the pandemic, join our Open House program using Zoom.

The evening begins at 7:00 pm with virtual sitting meditation, with one or two staff members in the Main Meditation Hall, and everyone else online using Zoom. (You are welcome to arrive late or leave early for this meditation period.)

At 7:00pm, a Zoom “breakout room” offers meditation instruction for first-time meditators and people who would like a refresher. After meditation instruction, this group joins the main Zoom group in the virtual Main Meditation Hall.

At 8 pm, there are announcements, then a social period. Please get a cup of tea, come back to Zoom and join us all for casual conversation.

At 8:20 there is a dharma talk and discussion.  The evening concludes about 9 pm.

There is no fee for open house, though donations are appreciated. There is also no need to register.  Everything you need is provided; just come as you are.


To join us by Zoom, click
or start the Zoom app and join meeting 517-279-1759

Our Zoom meeting begins a few minutes before 7 pm every Wednesday. Meditate at home with us (with your camera on or off) until 8 pm. At 8 pm there are announcements. Then we will take the laptop into the kitchen where we can all have a live/virtual conversation. We encourage you to have a cup of tea with us at home, and maybe even a cookie or two. About 8:20, we’ll take the laptop (with our Zoom participants) back into the main meditation hall for the talk and discussion.

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