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British Columbia Insight Meditation Society

Tradition: Theravada, Vipassana
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The British Columbia Insight Meditation Society (BCIMS), formerly Vipassana BC, is a nonprofit society based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Formed to connect and support Buddhist meditation communities in B.C. that practice in the Theravadan tradition, we provide access to teachings through classes, sitting groups and retreats, and build sangha through community events and volunteer work.

We invite you to join us exploring the Buddha’s teachings on insight, generosity and kindness; and in awakening the body, mind and heart in formal meditation practice and in the challenge of daily life.

Burmese Buddhist Society, BC

Address: 6700 NO 4 Road  Richmond BC V6Y 2S9
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: 604- 207- 0068
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Main Contact: Ashin Ghosaka  Email  (Phone: 604 207- 006)
Spiritual Director: Ashin Ghosaka  Email  (Phone: 604 207 0068)
Notes and Events:

Burmese Buddhist Society, BC conducts a Sunday Meditation Group. The method is Satipatthana  Vipasana Meditation guided by a Theravada Buddhist Monk. Fee free.

Welcome to Everyone.

Chan Community Canada

Address: 45-7540 Abercrombie dr   Richmond BC v6Y 3Y8
Tradition: Mahayana, Master Sheng Yen : Caodong (Soto) and Linji ( Rinzai)
Affiliation: Chinese Zen
Phone: 778-996-1731
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Main Contact: Diane Kennedy  Email  (Phone: 778-989-9858)
Teacher: William Tsao  
Spiritual Director: Chan Master Guo Jun  
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We are a nonprofit organization committed to providing authentic Chan teachings and retreats with a Canadian flavour. Our primary teacher Chan Master Guo Jun, a Dharma heir of Chan Master Sheng Yen, carries transmission in both the Linji and Caodong tradition. William Tsao is our local Senior teacher. Our aim is to reduce personal suffering through the development of a way of life that encourages fresh awareness of being and new orientation to ones place in the cosmos. Training emphasizes calming the mind, gaining insight into the functioning of the self and mindful conscientious living for the benefit of all. We support communities by organizing local meditation sessions, Dharma talks and retreats.

Chan Nguyen Buddhist Monastery

Address: 1220-200 Street   Langley BC V2Z 1W5
Tradition: Mahayana
Affiliation: Vietnamese Zen & Pureland
Phone: (604) 533-8915
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Main Contact: Venerable Vien Dinh  Email  (Phone: (604) 533-8915)
Spiritual Director: Venerable Vien Giac  
Notes and Events:

Chan  Nguyen Buddhist Monastery is a monastery in the Vietnamese Zen and Pureland tradition.   There are about 18 monastics currently residing at the monastery.

Services are offered in Vietnamese at 9:30AM on Sunday.  For services and classes in English, please contact the monastery for details.

You are welcome to drop by and experience what it is like to live in a monastic setting.   We receive everyone on a Dana (generous donation) basis and will not turn anyone away.

The monastery is also pet friendly as we have dogs on the premises.

Clear Sky Meditation & Study Center

Address:   Fort Steele BC V0B 1N0
Tradition: Vajrayana, Universalist/Namgyal Lineage
Affiliation: Universalist/Namgyal Lineage
Phone: (250) 429-3929
Fax: (250) 429-3951
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Teacher: Achariya Doug Duncan Sensei  
Spiritual Director: Achariya Doug Duncan Sensei  
Teacher: Catherine Pawasarat  
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Clear Sky is dedicated to the universal teachings of awakening.
 Check out our varied programs, or come to stay for a few months on our Karma Yoga program. We run meditation retreats, an eclectic summer program and holistic living courses. Join us as we develop an awakening community, along with many innovative projects like our Clear Sky Social Enterprise Farm and 1-acre Food Forest. The centre is also available for booking and is ideal for environmental conferences, corporate events, support group meetings, training, workshops and a wide variety of spiritual and holistic activities.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 19 Fort Steele V0B 1N0, Canada.

Contemplative Counselling Services

Address: Near MacDonald and West 8th Ave  Vancouver BC V6K2B8
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Affiliation: Naropa University
Phone: 778-968-6463
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Main Contact: Marlise Meilan, MA, RCC  Email  (Phone: 778-968-6463)
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Contemplative Counselling Services offers psychotherapy from a Buddhist perspective for individuals, couples and groups.

Therapy can bring deeper personal insight and awareness, better ways of understanding and coping with problems, and improved relationships.

Marlise Meilan is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Masters degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University.

D.I.Y. Dharma

Tradition: Non-Sectarian
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We are a community of freaks, geeks, queers, rebels and outcasts, who meditate together in the Buddhist tradition.

We sit Sunday nights from 7:00 to 8:00pm (please arrive 15 minutes prior) at Unity Yoga – 1672 E. 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC, Unceded Coast Salish Territory. Tuesday nights we sit from 7:30 to 9pm. The address for our Tuesday sits will be visible to you at the top of the left column of the home page once you create an account and login to our website.

 On our website we maintain an audio archive of several thousand dharma talks,  guided mediations, lectures and interviews.

Dharma Drum Mountain - Vancouver

Address: 8240 No. 5 Road  Richmond, BC BC V6Y 2V4
Tradition: Mahayana, Chinese Ch'an (Zen)
Affiliation: Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association
Phone: (604) 277-1357
Fax: (604) 277-1352
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Teacher: Venerable Guo Shu  
Spiritual Director: Chan Master Sheng Yen  
Notes and Events:

  • Open every day
  • English and Mandarin teachings
  • Group meditation every Sunday at 9:30am
  • One-day retreat on last Sunday of every month
  • Youth group discussions and meditation twice per month

Dharma Fellowship of His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa

Address: The Hermitage 7131 Denman Road  enman Island BC V0R 1T0
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan
Affiliation: Karma Kagyü
Phone: 250-335-3377
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Ven: Bardok Chusang Rinpoche  Email  
Ven: Ani Tashi Lhamo  Email  (Phone: 415-621-1657)
Teacher: Lama Kunzang Palden  
Spiritual Director: 17th Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje  
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Meditation in British Columbia

Monday and Wednesday evening meditation is held each week at 7:30pm at the Hermitage on Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada under the guidance of Lama Kunzang. The Hermitage also holds five day, seven day and ten day silent retreats, open to all who are interested in learning and practicing meditation. Each retreat is supported by daily instruction and private interviews with the Lama. Please see the Hermitage retreat schedule for more information.


Address: 4467 W. 11th Avenue, Vancouver BC V6R 2M2   BC
Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Ecumenical Buddhist
Phone: (604) 787-7916
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Contact: Mark Schneider  
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Dharmalog is a non-sectarian guide to Buddhist activities in British Columbia. It serves to provide information about events, retreats, and observances.

Dorjechang Buddhist Centre

Address: 2673 Trinity Street   Abbotsford BC BC V2S 3S3
Tradition: Vajrayana, Kadampa Buddhism Tibetan
Affiliation: New Kadampa Tradition
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Main Contact: Kelsang Chenma  Email  (Phone: 604 853 3738)
Teacher: Kelsang Sanden  
Spiritual Director: Kelsang Gyatso  
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Dorjechang Buddhist Centre is a registered charity, part of the NKT-IKBU, an international union of Buddhist Centres dedicated to teaching practical meditation classes and Buddhist study programs. Our purpose is to provide places where people can learn to meditate and develop positive, peaceful states of mind. Our drop-in weekly meditation classes and most of our daycourses and many retreats are sutable for both beginners and experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome. Weekly we offer evening drop-in meditation classes in Abbotsford, Langley, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge and Mission

We also hold regular sessions of chanted prayers, or pujas, which are often combined with meditation, visualization, and mantra recitation. Usual weekly practices offered include:

Heart Jewel Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 7:30-8:30 am; and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 5 pm;
Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog Saturdays at 6:30pm.
Liberation from Sorrow, prayers to the female wisdom Buddha Tara, Sundays at 8:30 am and
Quick Path to Great Bliss Mondays and Fridays at 9:00 am (this requires appropriate empowerments)

As well, we offer more in-depth study programs for those who are interested in deeply exploring the Buddhist spiritual path.

Foundation Program

The Foundation Program is a structured study and meditation program that enables us to gain deeper understanding and experience of Buddha’s teachings, to develop a regular meditation practice, and to become part of a warm and supportive spiritual community.

Teacher Training Program

The Teacher training program is for those who wish to become qualified teachers of Kadampa Buddhism and also for those who wish to gain clear insight into Buddha’s teachings and deep experience of their practice. It involves the study of twelve of Geshe Kelsang’s books, covering both Sutra and Tantra teachings.

Dorjechang Buddhist Centre

Address: 106 31581 South Fraser Way   Abbotsford BC V2T 1T8
Tradition: Mahayana, Kadampa
Affiliation: Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada
Phone: 604 853 37383
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Spiritual Director: Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong  
Main Contact: Gen Kelsang Sanden  Email  (Phone: 604 853 3738)
Teacher: Gen Kelsang Sanden  
Notes and Events:

We offer meditation classes at all levels.  Everyone is welcome and our introductory classes are helpful both to develop meditation practice and gain essential life skills like stress management.  As well, we have a complete spiritual program for those interested in pursuing the Buddhist spiritual path.  We have weekly drop in classes and practices, weekend and one day or even half day meditation workshops and retreats.  All our classes and practices are in English and the teachings are given in a way that focuses on how to integrate Buddhist wisdom with our modern busy daily lives.  Again: everyone is welcome!

Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre

Address: 3rd Floor - 444 Baker Street, PO Box 136  Nelson BC V1L 5P7
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan (Kagyü and Nyingma) and Shambhala
Affiliation: Shambhala
Phone: 250-352-5560
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Present leader: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche  
Founder: Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche  
Notes and Events:

The Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre is part of an international community of meditation centres founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and now led by his son and lineage holder Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Our Centre offers free meditation instruction, a core path of Shambhala Buddhist practice and study, a range of community activities and more—all meant to help people of all kinds awaken their innate wisdom, compassion and sense of delight.

We invite you to join us in celebrating this journey of discovery.

For the latest and most complete informtation about our Centre, please visit:

Nichiren Buddha Hokkeko Society

Address: #105 365 Day Road   Duncan BC V9L 3K4
Tradition: Mahayana, Independent Nichiren Tradition
Phone: 778. 422. 0155
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Teacher: Henry Landry  
Spiritual Director: Henry Landry  Email  (Phone: 778. 422. 0155)
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Welcome to the beautiful Cowichan Valley, our Vancouver Island Mahayana Nichiren Buddha Hokkeko Society has been meeting since the mid 1980s.  We practice the Shoju Method or gentle practice of the Nichiren Teachings of the Lotus Sutra.

We welcome your participation in the building of a Vancouver Island Retreat Garden and Peace Park and Nichiren Temple.  Come visit us anytime, follow us on FaceBook,  Nichiren Buddha Society and/or with our Teacher/Messenger HenryLandry, follow our Twitter daily MED\\\'s at Buddha_Now, or online at

Theravada Buddhist Community of Vancouver

Address: #104 - 1960 West 7th Ave. Vancouver, BC   Vancouver BC V6J 1T1
Tradition: Theravada, Forest tradition
Affiliation: Birken Forest Monastery & Ajahn Chah
Phone: (778) 232-2282
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Main Contact: Brian Ruhe  
Teacher: Brian Ruhe  
Spiritual Director: Ajhan Sona  
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Weekly meditation group in False Creek. 

Monthly one-day retreats on Sunday.

Courses every week on week nights.

See schedule on website.

Thrangu Monastery

Address: 8140 No. 5 Road   Richmond BC V6Y 2V4
Tradition: Vajrayana, Karma Kagyu
Affiliation: Vajra Vidhya Buddhist Association
Phone: 778-297-6010
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Main Contact: Office Manager: Rabjor Dawa  Email  
Teacher: Resident Lama: Lama Pema Tsewang  
Spiritual Director: Thrangu Rinpoche  Email  (Phone: 778-297-6010)
Notes and Events:

Thrangu Rinpoches official Chinese website. It delivers Rinpoches latest Dharma teaching news, videos, photos of all major events every year. And his teaching text, audio and videos.

Tung Ling Kok Yuen, Canada Society

Address: 2495 Victoria Drive  Vancouver BC V5N 4L1
Tradition: Mahayana, Non-Sectarian, Chinese Pure Land
Phone: (604) 255-6337
Fax: (604) 255-0836
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Languages: Cantonese & English


Morning and evening sutra chanting, Sunday assemblies, special celebrations, meditation classes, and chanting ceremonies. Dharma classes in Theravada and Mahayana traditions. Courses in Buddhist theory, chanting, computers, ESL, Chinese/Mandarin, Tai Chi, calligraphy, and vegetarian cooking.

Temple Features:

Main worship hall, meditation hall, ancestral hall, bilingual library, gift shop, garden, and various classrooms. Library features books on all sects of Buddhism. Visitors welcome!

Vancouver Shambhala Centre

Address: 256 West 7th Avenue, Unit 208   Vancouver BC V5Y 1M1
Tradition: Vajrayana, Shambhala, Kagyu, Tibetan
Affiliation: Shambhala
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Founder: Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche  
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Please join us for our Wednesday Open House every Wednesday evening.  Sitting meditation from 7-8 pm in the main meditation hall. First-time meditation instruction at 7pm in the secondary meditation hall.  Tea and cookies at 8 pm, followed by a short dharma talk or discussion.

ZenWords Zen Centre

Address: 824 Regina Street  Creston BC V0B 1G4
Tradition: Mahayana, Zen Writing Practice Lineage Soto
Phone: 250-428-3390
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Spiritual Director: Kuya Minogue  Email  (Phone: 250-428-3390)
Teacher: Kuya Minogue  
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Fall Schedule

October 25 - December 23   Online Practice Retreat   "Training the Mind"

The joining of zen meditation and writing goes back to the early Chinese monks who exchanged dharma words through poetry.  At ZenWords, we practice Zen Writing Practice as developed by Natalie Goldberg, Kuya's teacher.

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