NoteYou can learn to meditate at our weekly Open House, Wednesdays, 6:45–9pm. Open to all. Learn more »

Meditation is a natural state of the human mind—at rest, open, alert. The practice of meditation has been taught for over 2,500 years as a vehicle for realizing the beauty and magic of the ordinary world without aggression or manipulation.

The teachings of Shambhala Buddhism emphasize the potential for enlightenment inherent in every situation or state of mind. Through discipline, gentleness and a sense of humor, the practitioner is invited to let go of conflicting emotions and wake up on the spot.

Mindfulness-awareness meditation is the foundation of all we do at the Victoria Shambhala Centre. This ancient practice of self-discovery is rooted in the simple but revolutionary premise that every human being has the ability to cultivate the mind’s inherent stability, clarity and strength in order to be more awake and to develop the compassion and insight necessary to care for oneself and the world genuinely.

About Meditation Instruction

meditatorMeditation instruction is available to anyone at the Victoria Shambhala Centre’s weekly Open House and public meditation sessions—see the Public Meditation Schedule—and at other times by arrangement.

You can receive an in-depth introduction to meditation through the Way of Shambhala path of training.

Not just for new meditators, instruction is also recommended as part of one’s ongoing practice. You are always welcome to speak to an instructor about your practice. You may also ask to form an ongoing working relationship with the instructor of your choice (see our Meditation Instructors list).

Depending on a person’s interest and experience, meditation instruction could include:

Introducing the practice of meditation. Introductory meditation instruction presents the basic meditation techniques taught in the Shambhala community.

Clarifying the view of meditation. In our tradition, meditation instruction involves more than the communication of a technique; it is, at heart, about the transmission of the revolutionary view that unconditional wisdom and compassion are the very ground of our being, and that by learning to relax more and more fully, we allow this fundamental nature to flower.

Instruction on working with obstacles to meditation. Common obstacles to meditation include disheartenment, resistance, procrastination, discursiveness and spacing out. The obstacles are well documented in the Shambhala Buddhist teachings—and so are their antidotes.

Guidance on the path of practice and study. Shambhala presents many opportunities for people to deepen their practice and study—public meditation sessions, classes, weekend and longer retreats, and advanced assemblies, to name a few. A meditation instructor can help you decide what to do next and when to do it.

Guidance on joining meditation and daily life. The workaday world is where the rubber meets the road. Getting the tools to meet life’s ups and downs with a strong and pliable mind and an open heart is another potential benefit of working with a meditation instructor.

For a selection of introductory meditation resources see Learn to Meditate on our blog.

Meditation Instructors

Shambhala meditation instructors are senior Shambhala Buddhist practitioners specially trained and authorized to help people deepen, expand and stabilize their understanding and experience of meditation.

We encourage anyone interested in this journey to work with the meditation instructor of her/his choice. This relationship is based on friendship, mentoring, and confidentiality. Arrangements are entirely individualized; they can range from a meeting or two to clarify points of practice to an ongoing relationship involving more regular meetings.

Victoria Shambhala Centre meditation instructors currently available are listed below. Please feel free to contact any instructor directly. Email messages sent to will be forwarded fittingly. For help finding an instructor, contact John Cowan, Meditation Instruction Coordinator, at

John CowanJohn Cowan | Meditation Instruction Coordinator


Mark HazellMark Hazell


Rebecca Hazell


Layth MatthewsLayth Matthews


Susan McConnellSusan McConnell


Silas Rose


Jim SacamanoJim Sacamano


Suzanne SparlingSuzanne Sparling


Hamish TuckerHamish Tucker