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


with Suzanne Schecter Côté

May 21st—June 25th

Have you ever wondered about karma? How it works? What is good karma? What is bad karma? The path of meditation and awareness, is closely linked to the activity of karma. Continue »

Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness

with Alexis Shotwell

June 6th—June 27th

A four-session discussion class focused on the book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing Continue »

Video Nights: Smile at Fear, a Pema Chodron Retreat

with Cathy Baerg & Katrina Burton

July 2nd—July 23rd

We all have fears, but when we look closely at them, we discover that behind each fear resides a basic fear of ourselves. We’re afraid to look at our habitual styles of thinking and behaving because we might not always like what we see. Ironically it is t Continue »

Contemplative Writing Workshop

with Tunde Nemeth

July 6th

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

Shambhala Sadhana Practice

July 15th

A monthly opportunity to practice the Shambhala Sadhana. Continue »