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

Pain, Suffering, and the Four Noble Truths

with Suzanne Schecter Côté

April 13th—June 8th

The Buddha taught that life is suffering, that we create that suffering and that there is a way to overcome it. But what about pain? Continue »

Working With Speed, Living with Intention

with David Fowler

May 2nd—May 30th

Speed seems to be inherent in society today, and we often evaluate ourselves by how much we can get done without questioning whether we are doing is truly right for us. Come to this course to examine what to let go and what to cultivate. Continue »


with Suzanne Schecter Côté

May 21st—June 25th

Have you ever wondered about karma? How it works? What is good karma? What is bad karma? The path of meditation and awareness, is closely linked to the activity of karma. Continue »

Kalapa Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging with Stéphane Bédard

May 25th—May 26th - Date postponed or cancelled

Ikebana is the Japanese art and contemplative practice of flower arranging dating back to the 6th century. As a “meditation in action,” Ikebana helps us connect to the present moment and wakes up our sense perceptions. Continue »

Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness

with Alexis Shotwell

June 6th—June 27th

A four-session discussion class focused on the book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing Continue »