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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

Basic Goodness 2: How Can I Help ? The Basic Goodness of Society

with Mark Frutkin

November 8th—December 13th

This course explores our relationships with others, an aspiration to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation. We look at a Shambhala understanding of society, and what enlightened society may be. Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Shastri Bozica Costigliola & Loretta Colton

November 20th—December 18th

Mindfulness meditation has many proven benefits, but establishing a consistent personal practice can be a challenge. Meditation in Everyday Life is an introductory course designed to help new meditators learn the basics of meditation practice and bring th Continue »

Winter Solstice Community Celebration

December 15th

Winter Solstice Community Celebration Saturday, December 15, 2018  5:00 - 5:30 Children's Day Candlelight Ceremony 5:30 Community Potluck Continue »

Contemplative Writing Workshop

with Tunde Nemeth & Heather Anderson

December 20th

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

Shambhala Sadhana Practice

December 22nd

A monthly opportunity to practice the Shambhala Sadhana. Continue »