In the interests of safety, we are reintroducing online sittings and dharma studies in January until the general Covid conditions improve in the wider community.

Please check the monthly calendar for updates.

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. All who are double vaccinated are welcome to practice with us in person; please use hand sanitizer when you enter, maintain recommended safe distances inside and wear masks when not on your cushion in the shrine room. If you are not fully vaccinated or cannot for various reasons use these safety protocols, there are opportunities to practice with us online.

Featured Programs

Meditation the way of The Buddha (ONLINE)

with Pema Chödron, Gaylon Ferguson, Acharya Arawana Hayashi, Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

January 2nd—February 6th

Shambhala Online presents a six-week online course based on archival videos by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Although decades old, these archival talks from the summer of 1974 retain their original potency and are a reminder of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s inco Continue »

Way of Shambhala - Shambhala Training Level I

with Hamish Tucker & John Cowan

January 29th—January 30th

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. Open to all Continue »

Opening the Unbiased Heart: Tonglen

with Dede Gaston

February 3rd—February 24th

A four week class on the practice and study of tonglen – a meditative practice for cultivating empathy and love. We will be reading and discussing Pema Chodren’s book “Tonglen”. Continue »

Way of Shambhala - Shambhala Training Level I

March 12th—March 13th

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. Open to all Continue »

Mandala Painting

with Michael Carpenter

March 26th—April 2nd