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.

Check out our blog

Recent Posts:

Upcoming workshop with Suzanne Schecter Côté: Pain and suffering and the four noble truths
“Everybody suffers…

Have you ever wondered about how others experience meditation sitting practice? Read on for a contemplation on meditation by Josiane Klassen
“Silence. Je ressens mon corps…”

Featured Programs

Contemplative Writing Workshop

with Tunde Nemeth & Heather Anderson

February 5th—August 24th

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

Natural Bravery

with Loretta Colton

March 28th—April 25th

Increasingly, we seem to live in a culture of fear, but it is the very potency of this fear that makes it such a powerful tool for personal and cultural transformation. Continue »

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Mark Frutkin

April 2nd—April 30th - Date postponed or cancelled

Fearlessness in Everyday Life. Learning to work with our anxiety, we are not blocked by fear. Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings on mind and the nature of reality, we learn to see clearly. We dare to face life and death as they are. Continue »

Pain, Suffering, and the Four Noble Truths

with Suzanne Schecter Côté

April 13th—June 8th

The Buddha taught that life is suffering, that we create that suffering and that there is a way to overcome it. But what about pain? Continue »

Renew and Restore: An Urban Day-Long Meditation Retreat

with Alexis Shotwell

April 21st - Date postponed or cancelled