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

Women in Buddhism: Online Dharma Dialogues

with Acharya Holly Gayley

September 27th—December 6th

Join us for a series of interactive and conversational forums on Women in Buddhism to explore issues of patriarchy, agency and resilience. Continue »

Working with Emotions

with Shastri Bozica Costigliola

September 27th—October 25th

Exploring the process of working with emotions. Continue »

Great Eastern Sun

with Henry Chapin & Shastri Bozica Costigliola

October 20th—October 21st

How to see the Great Eastern Sun, the primordial energy and brilliance that is the basis of all that exists. Continue »

Contemplative Writing Workshop

with Tunde Nemeth & Heather Anderson

October 27th

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

Preparing for Death

with Suzanne Schecter Côté

November 5th—December 3rd

An exploration of death from a Buddhist perspective. This program is for anyone who wonders how to deal with dying and wishes to understand the place of death in our lives. Continue »