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.

NOTE:  November 25 and December 2 Open Houses will be ONLINE ONLY.  We made this decision to support Dr. Bonnie Henry’s Provincial Health Order to limit social interactions to members of our own households until December 7.

The evening begins at 7:00 pm with sitting meditation, with 10-12 people in the Main Meditation Hall, and everyone else online using Zoom. (You are welcome to arrive late or leave early for this meditation period.)

Also at 7:00pm,  we offer meditation instruction for first-time meditators and people who would like a refresher in the small meditation hall, limited to the instructor + 3 participants.  After meditation instruction, this group joins sitting and walking meditation in the Main Meditation Hall.

At 8 pm, there are announcements, then a social period. Please get a cup of tea, 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. Everything you need is provided; just come as you are.


We are limiting the number of people inside the Shambhala Centre, and we will close the doors once 10-12 participants have arrived. If you are joining us in person, you can optionally register online to ‘reserve’ a space. The online registration link for each session is available on our Monthly Calendar.


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


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. 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.