To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Shambhala Centre will be closed from March 16th through April until further notice. All programs, events and practice sessions at the Centre have been cancelled for the period. Please view the calendar for the Virtual Practice and Study sessions.

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.

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

Parinirvana Day Online Gathering

with Alexis Shotwell

April 4th

Practicing compassion in the face of pain

with Alexis Shotwell

April 20th—May 11th

Essential teaching on developing genuine compassion in response to pain. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Practice

May 8th

A monthly opportunity to practice the Shambhala Sadhana. Continue »

Qigong Level 4

with Sophie Leger

May 23rd—May 24th

Daoist Qigong (pronounced "chee gong") is a spiritual discipline that cultivates body and mind simultaneously. Continue »

White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times

June 6th

White Tara is one of the most well-known female bodhisattvas of compassion in Tibetan Buddhism. Continue »