The Ottawa Shambhala Centre is beginning to gradually re-open our doors with COVID-19 protocols in place such as masking, distancing, and capacity limits.

We will continue to offer online programming, and we plan to offer hybrid programming allowing both in-person and online participation. If you plan to attend in person, we ask that you wear a mask and maintain social distancing. You can read our guidelines for safe in person participation.

  Please view the calendar for all Practice and Study sessions.

We could use your help to keep things running! If you feel like you have the means to help keep the Centre and its offerings going during the COVID-19 shutdown, we gratefully accept online donations . Every bit helps us to provide a space of peace online, and a space for people to come back to when it’s all over. All donations are tax-deductible.


Stupendous Summer:  Weekday Morning Meditation Practice

Come sit with us during our group meditation sessions offered virtually via Zoom, with meditation practice Wednesday and Friday mornings 8-8:30 am, May and June.  The program offers 30 minute sessions. For the first 5 minutes or so we will share Dharma and readings, followed by silent practice of sitting meditation. For those who are new to meditation, meditation instruction will be available.   All are welcome.   For more information and to register for the Zoom link, please go here.

Tuesday evenings Mindfulness and Compassion Practice in person & online

Our regular Mindfulness and Compassion practice is happening in person at the Centre – Suite 102 at 119 Ross Ave. in Hintonberg.  Join us for 45 minutes of gentle group meditation.  If you plan to attend please remember  to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Click here to find our Covid-19 Guidelines for Events.

Please note that we continue offering Tuesday Evening Compassion Practice online as well.

We look forward to seeing you at the Centre again!

All are welcome. 7 pm to 7:45 pm. Please see the calendar for more information.

Sunday Morning Sitting In Person 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Sitting meditation & socially distanced walking meditation.  In person at the Centre – Suite 102 at 119 Ross Ave. in Hintonberg.
You may attend for all or part of the session.
If you plan to attend please remember  to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

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.

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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Getting started

Meditation is a practice anyone can do. New meditators and those practicing in other traditions are invited to attend a “Learn to Meditate” class.  Please see the calendar for the next session.

Dharma Book List.  This list that will give you a good introduction and grounding on the path of Buddhist meditation as practiced and taught at the Ottawa Shambhala Centre.  They may be ordered from your local book store or on-line.

Pour débuter

Tout le monde peut méditer. Que vous n’ayez jamais médité ou que vous pratiquiez dans une autre tradition, vous êtes invités  à une session « Apprendre à méditer ». Veuillez consulter le calendrier de la prochaine session.

Liste des livres du Dharma. Cette liste qui vous donnera une bonne introduction et une bonne base sur la voie de la méditation bouddhiste telle qu’elle est pratiquée et enseignée au Centre Shambhala d’Ottawa. Ils peuvent être commandés dans votre librairie locale ou en ligne.

Support Your Centre

The Ottawa Shambhala Centre relies entirely on member fees, revenue from courses and donations for all operating expenses.  If you feel inspired to give please see the donation page.  Donations are tax deductible.

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