September 2020 update

The Victoria Meditation Centre has begun to open for some limited events like Tuesday Open House (6:30-8:15 pm). Other programs like Sunday Morning Sit from 10:00-11:15 am are being offered online. A number of courses are being offered this Fall. Please check the calendar and Featured Programs at the bottom of this page.

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.

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 Tuesday Open House from 6:30-8:15 pm

Public Meditation

Some public sittings and programs are now taking place in the main shrine room: (Max 14)

Tuesday Open House from 6:30-8:15 pm

Sunday Morning Sit from 10:00-11:15 am.  continues on Zoom with a dharma practice each week and a Community dharma talk on the 2nd Sunday of each month.


Featured Programs

Sunday Morning Sitting Online

April 5th—October 25th

Join us for meditation and Maitri practice in an online format. Open to everyone, Just click on the link below to join the online meeting from your device. Continue »

Way of Shambhala - Shambhala Training Level I

with Layth Matthews & Heather Midori Yamada

September 26th—September 27th

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 »

Coming to Your Senses ( In person, or Zoom )

with Hamish Tucker

October 1st—October 18th

This program is available to you whether or not you consider yourself an artist or a meditator. The Shambhala Art teachings celebrate art that springs from the meditative mind. Continue »

Four Foundations of Mindfulness (Online)

October 22nd—November 12th

This program is based on Chogyam Trungpa’s teachings on the four foundations, which form a basic approach to shamatha and vipashyana (calm abiding and insight) meditation. The four foundations are mindfulness of: body, feelings, mind and phenomena. Continue »

Way of Shambhala - Level 2 Birth of the Warrior

October 30th—November 1st

Meditation allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness. Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level I. Continue »