To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Shambhala Centre is closed until further notice.  Please view the calendar for the Virtual Practice and Study sessions.

We could use your help to keep things running! If you feel like you have the means to help keep the Centre and its offerings going during the COVID-19 shutdown, we gratefully accept online donations . Every bit helps us to provide a space of peace online, and a space for people to come back to when it’s all over. All donations are tax-deductible.


Virtual Mindfulness and Compassion Practice

Tuesday evenings

During our period of temporary shutdown due to the COVID-19 situation, we will be offering modified, regular sitting virtually via Zoom, starting at 7 pm. (You can download the Zoom app for free.) These 45-minute sessions will include some guided peaceful abiding practice as well as the compassion practice of tonglen. All are welcome. 7 pm to 7:45 pm. Please see the calendar for more information.

Rising through Spring: Morning Meditation Practice, 2 days a week, Wednesday and Friday, 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM, April 7 – June 25

As the sun rises in the East, come meditate with us virtually via Zoom, with meditation practice Wednesday and Friday mornings 8-8:30 am April 7 to June 25.

ALL ARE WELCOME. You may join at any time during the 11 week season and for as many sessions as you like.  For more information and to register for the Zoom link please click here.

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.

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.

Addressing harm in the Shambhala community

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. (These classes are suspended during the current shutdown)

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. (Ces classes sont suspendues lors de l’arrête en cours.)

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).  Durant cette période de crise, il est possible de recevoir des instructions de méditation virtuelles en français. Veuillez nous contacter au [email protected] pour en faire la demande.

Voir notre calendrier mensuel.

Support Your Centre

The Ottawa Shambhala Centre relies entirely on member fees, revenue from courses and donations for all operating expenses.  If you feel inspired to give please see the donation page.  Donations are tax deductible.

Featured Programs

Cherry Blossoms Never Reach the Ground: Poetry and Contemplation

with Mark Frutkin

April 14th—May 12th

Contemplative poetry trains you to see the world in fresh ways by distinguishing the sensory from the conceptual. It is a practice that brings out your natural ability to see clearly. It also trains you to express what you see in words.  Continue »

Foundations of Buddhism: Nirvana & Freedom from Suffering

April 29th—May 20th

This online course presents the Third Noble Truth, Freedom from Suffering, and begins with an exploration of the Third Foundation of Mindfulness: Mindfulness of Effort. Continue »

Shambhala Online: The Art of Being Human, Level 1

May 14th—May 16th

Hosted by Shambhala Online Continue »

Saka Dawa: The Celebration of the Buddha's Enlightenment

with Colin Cordner

May 26th

Join us for our annual practice in commemoration and celebration of the Buddha's life, teaching, and enlightenment! Continue »

Shambhala Online: Birth of the Warrior, Level 2

July 16th—July 18th

An online retreat hosted by Shambhala Online Continue »