Public Meditation Schedule

The Vancouver Shambhala Centre is open!  In-person meditation sessions have attendance limited to 15-20 people in our 1,000 square foot Main Meditation Hall.

We will continue to also use Zoom for many of our events, programs and meditation sessions. We suggest sitting on a chair or cushion in your home. Turn on your camera at the beginning so we can all see you; you can leave it on or turn it off during the meditation practice. Turn it on again at the end so we can check in and chat.  Scroll down to find our Zoom details.


Meditation instruction is available online and in-person as part of our Wednesday Open House program. Many people find it helpful to repeat this instruction session after a couple of weeks.

You can find all our meditation sesssions on our monthly calendar.


Daily, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
Zoom only
Sitting meditation. You can arrive anytime, and stay for the entire hour, or leave anytime. Please mute your microphone during sitting meditation. You can meditate with your camera on or off.
This session is coordinated by Karim A.
Join 5-6 pm meditation session now


Monday evenings, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
In-person only

Our two meditation halls are open for individual drop-in meditation.


Wednesday evenings,  7:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
In-person and via Zoom
The evening begins with a short group meditation instruction at 7:00 pm. Sitting and walking meditation until 8:00 pm.
At 7:30 pm, we open a Zoom breakout room for online meditation instruction.
Part of the Open House program.
At 8 pm, there is in-person and virtual tea (BYOT).
Dharma talk and discussion from 8:15 to 9 pm.
This session is coordinated by Paul B and Geoff B.
Join Wednesday Open House now


Friday evenings, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
In-person only

Our two meditation halls are open for individual drop-in meditation.


Sunday afternoons, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
In-person only
Part of the Taming the Mind and the Path of Meditation program. Sitting and walking meditation from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. A reading from The Profound Treasury or other dharma book at 3:00 pm, followed by discussion, then sitting and walking meditation until  4:00 pm.
This session is coordinated by Kate A.


5 Mornings of Sitting Meditation, 9:30 am – noon
Limited in-person and via Zoom.
Sitting and walking meditation, with a short practical talk on meditation mid-morning. Monthly from October to March.
Please see our Program Listings for upcoming dates and details.
These sessions coordinated by Geoff B.


For all Vancouver online sessions, 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

Please mute your microphone during sitting meditation.  You can meditate with your camera on or off.  Each Zoom meeting begins a few minutes before the posted time.  You are welcome to arrive late or leave early.

Helpful tips for Using Zoom for online meditation and classes.


You can arrive late for any in-person sitting session.  Please place your shoes in the main closet and enter the meditation hall quietly.  If there is a gatekeeper, you may be directed to wait outside the meditation hall for a few minutes before entering.  You can also quietly leave any meditation session early.  A good time to do this is during walking meditation.


Public sitting meditation sessions may be cancelled on holidays. We have changed our schedule many times as we try to keep up with the changing pandemic situation. Please check out our monthly calendar regularly.