Welcome to the Victoria Shambhala Centre at 2033 Belmont Avenue in the capital city of British Columbia. We are located in Territory of the Lekwungen speaking peoples, and grateful for the opportunity to practice and create community on this land.

We have been introducing the Path of Meditation in Victoria for 35 years by offering public programs with meditation instruction and scheduled opportunities to practice. The Shambhala study path includes contemplative arts training and traditional Buddhist teachings.

Shambhala is based on discovering, cultivating and learning to trust in human goodness and dignity. Check our monthly calendar to see how this happens.

We strive to offer a supportive, inclusive and beautiful space for everyone who wishes to study and practice meditation. All are asked to carefully read our Care and Conduct in Shambhala policy. Due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, we ask people that come to the Centre to be double-vaccinated, to maintain social distancing, to use safe practices like wearing masks and using hand sanitizer and to take cues from the volunteer staff at meditation and teaching events.

Featured Programs

Sadhana of Mahamudra

with Linda Gould

August 22nd—October 20th

This practice involves chanting a text written by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and relaxing into the atmosphere that doing so creates. Everyone is welcome. Continue »

Fall Celebration

October 3rd

Way of Shambhala - Shambhala Training Level IV

with Acharya Mathias Pongracz

November 26th—November 28th

Trusting further in basic goodness and daring to experience the sharp edge of reality, we move forward with gentleness, increased awareness, and inquisitiveness about the world, as it is. Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level III. Continue »

4 Dharmas of Gampopa: Acharya Richard John

with Acharya Richard John

December 4th—December 5th

A Two day teaching on the 4 Dharmas of Gampopa with Acharya Richard John Continue »

Knowing What Has Been Pointed Out: Acharya Richard John

with Acharya Richard John

December 6th—December 8th

The key to all Mahamudra and Dzogchen practice and realization is the transmission of the nature of mind by the guru. Having received that, the vajrayana path is based on the student's understanding, recognizing, and becoming familiar with that which has Continue »