The Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre is part of Shambhala International, which includes over 150 centres worldwide dedicated to providing space for meditation, Buddhist studies, contemplative arts and community.

The vision of Shambhala recognizes the basic goodness of all people and seeks to support that goodness in every aspect of daily life.

We welcome you to check out our many programs and classes, and regular Wednesday Night Open House where you can get meditation instruction or just come to sit.
Open House events are free to the public, donations welcome.

New to Shambhala?

Getting Started

See Getting Started to learn about who we are and what we offer. Or meet our community, learn to meditate, and hear an introductory talk at our weekly Open House, Wednesdays, 6:45–9pm.

Public Meditation

Public Meditation Schedule

Open House: Wednesdays, 6:45–9pm
Sundays, 9am–12pm
Tuesdays, 7–8pm
Wednesdays, 8–9am
See our Public Meditation Schedule »

Featured Programs

Menla, The Medicine Buddha

with Dr. James Sacamano

October 21st—April 20th (2020)

An in depth exploration of healing process in the Buddhist tradition as it applies to our world of changing cultures, contrasting paradigms and emerging challenges today Continue »

Way of Shambhala - Shambhala Training Level I

with Shastri Mark Hazell & Suzanne Sparling

October 26th—October 27th

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Open to all. Continue »

Ikebana Workshop

with Lee White

November 9th

Open to all, our monthly ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) gatherings typically combine talks, demonstrations, discussion, hands-on arranging, and whatever arises from participants' collective inspiration. Continue »

Stillness, Imagination, and Spontaneous Brush

with Heather Midori Yamada

November 30th—December 1st

demonstrations and exercises with ink and watercolour to encourage a relaxed approach to spontaneous brushwork on Japanese washis and other papers. Continue »

Way of Shambhala - Shambhala Training Level I

December 14th—December 15th

The Art of Being Human is the first in the series of Shambhala Training weekends and the first program in the Way of Shambhala curriculum. Continue »