The Ottawa Shambhala Meditation Centre is part of a global community that aspires to awaken kindness, goodness and wisdom within society. This vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness.

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Learn to meditate and naturally grow your confidence, mindful awareness, and compassion.

The Ottawa Shambhala Meditation Centre offers meditation instruction, regular practice sessions, and classes and weekend retreats for new and experienced practitioners. Our community welcomes people from all walks of life, traditions and religions. Learn more about us.

The Shambhala teachings point to innate goodness as the nature of all individuals and society. Developing confidence in basic goodness through meditation supports us in cultivating gentleness and bravery in daily life and in service to others.

Getting started

Meditation is a practice anyone can do. New meditators and those practising in other traditions are invited to attend a “Learn to Meditate” class.

Learn to Meditate is offered in English on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7:00pm to 8:30 pm. It is free of charge  (but donations are always appreciated if you are so inspired).

View our monthly calendar.

Pour débuter

Tout le monde peut méditer. Que vous n’ayez jamais médité ou que vous pratiquiez dans une autre tradition, vous êtes invités aux séances ci-dessous.

Les soirées Apprendre à méditer sont offertes en français le deuxième mercredi de chaque mois, de 19 h à 20 h 30. L’entrée est gratuite (mais vos dons sont toujours les bienvenus).

Voir notre calendrier mensuel.

Featured Programs

What the Buddha Taught: The Four Noble Truths

with Alexis Shotwell

January 14th—February 4th

An introductory course about the core teachings of the Buddha on suffering, the origin or suffering, that suffering is not necessary, and how to turn towards liberation Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Practice

February 9th

A monthly opportunity to practice the Shambhala Sadhana. Continue »

Joy in Everyday Life

February 13th—March 12th

Joy is clearly based on contentment and appreciation of life, as well as compassion for self and others. Why not join us to explore these questions and possibly rediscover how to celebrate your life with joy? Continue »

Waking Up to Our World Through Mindfulness Meditation

with David Fowler

February 29th—March 1st

Meditation practice can help us wake up to the contentment and joy that should be our natural right as human beings. But our busy lives, our habitual tendencies and our fears tend to get in the way. Continue »

Shambhala Day Celebration- The Year of the Iron Mouse

March 1st

Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the new year, and it is the most important holiday of the Shambhala mandala. It is based on the traditional Tibetan new year’s celebration of Losar. This year we are celebrating the Year of the Iron Mouse! Continue »