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.


Sunday Morning meditation practice on-line.

Join us for Sunday Morning meditation practice. This is a silent practice of sitting meditation interspersed with walking meditation. You are welcome to join us for part of the session as your time permits, or the entire session. All practitioners are welcome, regardless of technique, devotion, or level of experience. If silent sitting practice is part of your path, please join us.
The sessions will be offered online on Zoom. Please register for the Zoom link.

Resting through Winter: Morning Meditation Practice, 3 days a week, January 4 – March 19

with Cathy Baerg, Katrina Burton, Naomi de Ville, Lynn MacDonald

Come rest your mind with us virtually via Zoom, with meditation practice Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings 8-8:30 am January 4 to March 19.  ALL ARE WELCOME.  details here.

Foundations of Buddhism: Karma, Mindfulness, and the Wheel of Life

This six-week course March 4 – April 8/2021, offers an exploration of the Buddhist teachings on life, karma, and the dependent causes of dissatisfaction and suffering. It also offers an exploration of the meditation practice known as Mindfulness of Life as a way to skillfully work with them. We will examine the ways in which we generate patterns of dissatisfaction and suffering, and ways in which to begin to mindfully recognize and transcend them. There are no prerequisites for this course, and all are very welcome, regardless of their background!  details here.

Virtual Meditation and Contemplation

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.


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

Young Meditators Group Meeting

with Colin Cordner, Cathy Baerg, Jocelyn Beaudette

February 13th—April 24th

The Young Meditators Group meets twice monthly to learn about and practice basic meditation techniques, to explore ways to apply mindfulness to our lives off the cushion, and to discuss our experience of the world with one another. Open to anyone in the Continue »

Foundations of Buddhism: Karma, Mindfulness, and the Wheel of Life

March 4th—April 8th

This six-week course offers an exploration of the Buddhist teachings on life, karma, and the dependent causes of dissatisfaction and suffering. It also offers an exploration of the meditation practice known as Mindfulness of Life as a way to work with the Continue »

Knitting with the Mind of Meditation

with Margaret Couper

March 8th—April 5th

As knitters know, the craft is much more than the finished project. When we knit, we place our attention over and over again on the natural rhythm of creating fabric out of thousands of stitches. In this group, we will explore how we can cultivate mindful Continue »

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 »