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

Committing to not burn out: Friendly to ourselves, merciful towards others

with Alexis Shotwell

December 7th—December 8th

How can we sustain and nourish our own capacity to be present with our life? What does it mean to bring a quality of gentleness and vitality to our everyday experiences? Continue »

White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times

December 12th

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

Winter Retreat: Love in Challenging Times: The Practice of the Four Immeasurables

with Cathy Baerg & Katrina Burton

December 27th—December 31st

This 5 day winter retreat is the perfect opportunity to deepen one's meditation practice and awaken the seeds of loving-kindness and compassion that have always been within us. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Practice

January 11th (2020)

A monthly opportunity to practice the Shambhala Sadhana. Continue »

What the Buddha Taught: The Four Noble Truths

with Alexis Shotwell

January 14th—February 4th (2020)

An introductory course about the core teachings of the Buddha on suffering, the origin or suffering, that suffering is not necessary, and how to turn towards liberation Continue »