The Ottawa Shambhala Centre is moving to 400 McArthur, Ottawa!

We are moving to a new location at 400 McArthur (mailing address c/o Heartwood House, 404 McArthur)!

We will be taking a break in the month of October. But, on November 1st we will resume classes and our sitting meditation as before. We look forward to welcoming you again soon!

  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

Meditations on Passion & Basic Beauty (hybrid)

with Colin Cordner

September 7th—October 5th

During this course, we'll be using the contemplative traditions to seek to develop insight and appreciation of the human experience of love and longing Continue »

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche: The Tibetan Buddhist Path - Part II

September 24th—November 1st

Profound, potent, and intimate, this course includes videos of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche teaching that provide a rare glimpse of the early days of Buddhism in the West. Join the Ottawa Cohort and take part in this online course. Continue »

Online Weekend Retreat: The Art of Being Human with John Rockwell

October 7th—October 8th

This weekend retreat is ideal for anyone seeking to learn the practice of mindfulness meditation, develop a regular meditation practice, and cultivate a healthier and more loving relationship with themselves. Continue »

Refuge and Bhodhisattva Vows with the Venerable Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

October 12th

Please join us IN TORONTO where the Venerable Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will offer Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows to the Toronto and Ottawa sanghas. Continue »

TORONTO - Public Dharma Talk by the Venerable Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

October 12th

Please join us IN TORONTO to hear the Venerable Ringu Tulku Rinpoche give a public Dharma talk. Continue »