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

An Introduction to the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

with Shastri Bozica Costigliola

January 8th—January 29th

What is mindfulness meditation all about? What is it based on? The four foundations of mindfulness are the Buddha’s fundamental teaching on meditation—a guide to how we can understand the principles of mindfulness and practice it with precision. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Practice

January 21st

A monthly opportunity to practice the Shambhala Sadhana. Continue »

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human:

with Henry Chapin

January 26th—January 27th - Date postponed or cancelled

This first level of Shambhala Training introduces the practice of meditation instruction as a means of opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation. Through meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness. Continue »

Werma Feast

February 3rd

Restricted to Shambhala tantrikas who have received the empowerment at Rigden Abhisheka or at Kalapa Assembly. Continue »

Shambhala Day 2019 - Year of the Earth Boar

February 5th

Shambhala Day is our biggest celebration in Shambhala, as we gather to acknowledge the New Year. It is a time for us to express the wealth and richness of our spiritual and cultural heritage through feasting, Continue »