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

The Road Home: Book Study

with Loretta Colton

August 8th—September 5th

Together we will read, discuss, contemplate the book The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path, by Ethan Nichtern. Each class will include a period of meditation and contemplation Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life

with David Fowler

August 24th—August 25th - Date postponed or cancelled

This weekend retreat provides the introductory tools and teachings for working with meditation in everyday life. Continue »

Contemplative Writing Workshop

with Tunde Nemeth

August 24th

Writing, like meditation, is a solitary act that benefits greatly from practice with others. Continue »

The Three Jewels: Heart teachings of the Buddha

with David Fowler

September 10th—September 24th

The Three Jewels are central to teachings of all forms of Buddhism, making this class an excellent, gentle introduction to Buddhism. Continue »

Finding Peace: A Mindfulness Meditation Retreat With Suzanne Schecter-Côté

September 14th—September 15th

Feeling stressed? Want to experience more relaxation and peace of mind in your life? Many therapists and experts say that meditation can help. This weekend retreat offers an excellent and gentle introduction to the practice of meditation, in a safe and w Continue »