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

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Loretta Colton

October 1st—October 29th

By letting go of the struggle to be something "better," we can make space for our inherently intelligent, compassionate, and resilient nature to flourish. Continue »

Tonglen – Compassion in Action (The Practice that Makes Compassion Real)

with Mark Frutkin & Heather Anderson

October 10th—October 24th

In tonglen, we breathe in what is difficult and painful; we breathe in the suffering of others. We breathe out spaciousness, ease, happiness—the things that help dispel suffering. Continue »

Making Friends With Your Fears: a Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

with Alexis Shotwell

October 26th—October 27th

Meditation practice allows us to notice how we sometimes create a cocoon of habits to hide from or ignore our fears. Through meditation, we can begin to make friends with those fears and habits and cut through their ability to control us. Continue »

Harvest of Peace & The Arts / Moissons de paix & les arts

October 27th

Please join us for our annual Harvest of Peace... and the Arts! Come celebrate the beauty and brilliance of the phenomenal world with food, poetry, and artworks. Continue »

What Does It Mean to Be Free? The Heart Sutra and the Essence of Life

with Shastri Bozica Costigliola & Cathy Baerg

November 5th—December 3rd

Freedom means different things to different people, but the Buddhist teachings point to ultimate freedom as understanding and experiencing the open nature of our being and our world. Continue »