The Ottawa Shambhala Centre has moved to 400 McArthur, Ottawa!

We have moved to a new location at 400 McArthur where we are making use of the Unitarian Fellowship space for sitting meditation and classes.  Our new mailing address is c/o Heartwood House, 404 McArthur.  Please visit our contact page for detailed maps and pictures as well as driving, bus, and parking information.

We look forward to seeing you!

A close-up of the entrance + parking lot of our new space at 400 McArthur Ave.

A photo of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa front door, captioned with the words "We share this space. Use this door for entry" in red text with a red arrow pointing to the 400 McArthur Ave address on the glass door of the building.


Please view the calendar for all 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 services to the community going, 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.


We look forward to seeing you at the Centre!

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 practicing in other traditions are invited to attend a “Learn to Meditate” class.  Please see the calendar for the next session.
Dharma Book List.  This list that will give you a good introduction and grounding on the path of Buddhist meditation as practiced and taught at the Ottawa Shambhala Centre.  They may be ordered from your local book store or on-line.

Pour débuter

Tout le monde peut méditer. Que vous n’ayez jamais médité ou que vous pratiquiez dans une autre tradition, vous êtes invités  à une session « Apprendre à méditer ». Veuillez consulter le calendrier de la prochaine session.

Liste des livres du Dharma. Cette liste vous donnera une bonne introduction et une bonne base sur la voie de la méditation bouddhiste telle qu’elle est pratiquée et enseignée au Centre Shambhala d’Ottawa. Ils peuvent être commandés dans votre librairie locale ou en ligne.

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

Learn to Meditate (In Person Only)

November 1st—June 5th

Taught by our qualified instructors, this basic meditation class is for beginners, as well as anyone who would like to refresh their understanding of the meditation technique. Continue »

Making Friends With Your Fears: a Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

May 24th—May 26th

Meditation practice allows us to notice how we sometimes create a cocoon of habits to hide from or ignore our fears. Through meditation, we can begin to make friends with those fears and habits and cut through their ability to control us. Continue »

Shambhala Online: Open Sky (Shambhala Level Five, Ottawa Cohort)

with Janet Solyntjes

June 8th—June 9th

Deepen your meditation practice, and continue along the path of the Shambhala teachings on warriorship, in this online weekend retreat. Continue »