Community Meditation Retreat – Dec. 27th to 30th

Our Winter community meditation retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, and body awareness practice.  Come whether you are new to meditation or a seasoned practitioner. Join us for a day, a few days, or the whole time.  All are welcome, including Shamatha, Shambhala Sadhana, Ngondro, Werma, Scorpion Seal, Vajrayogini and Chakrasamvara practitioners.  Each day, … Continue 

New Centre Opening Celebration

The opening ceremony of the new Ottawa Shambhala Centre located at 119 Ross Avenue was held on December 6, 2014, and marked the official opening of our Centre. More than 60 members and friends attended. After a short Lhasang led by Bozica Costigliola, participants were led into the Centre by Jamie Létourneau, a local bagpiper … Continue 

Sakyong’s Birthday Celebration – Sunday, Nov. 16

I am happy to report that the kitchen at 119 Ross Avenue is up and running, just in time to celebrate Sakyong’s 52nd birthday.  20 individuals gathered there on November 16th to mark the day. It was the first social occasion at Ross Avenue, the first of many more to come. The new space, with … Continue 

Harvest of Peace Celebration – Sept. 20, 2014

This year’s Harvest of Peace gathering was a small but very joyful group of members who were delighted to connect again and celebrate the autumn equinox together. It seemed like a long summer without a centre at which to unite as a community. It was such a pleasure to meditate together, do the sadhana practice … Continue 

Midsummer’s Day Celebration – Sunday, June 23rd, 2014/Célébration du solstice d’été – le dimanche 24 juin 2014

Our celebration began on a beautiful summer day with a lhasang in Somerset Square near the current Centre. Afterward, a communal picnic with socializing and hearty food took place in the main shrine room. It was a wonderful way to say goodbye to our current home that has served us well for over 25 years. … Continue 

We’re Moving!! On Déménage!!

Renovations began in earnest on August 1.  See the latest new centre update here.

The Passing of Rosalind Grant

Sadly, Rosalind Grant, Assistant Director of the Mississauga Shambhala Centre and a founding member and leader of the Hamilton Shambhala group died last Friday. Rosalind was loved by all who knew her as she was a compassionate, generous, kind and gracious woman. Rosalind was slated to become the Director of the Mississauga Centre this Spring. … Continue 

Maitri Program And Vows Ceremonies

Last weekend was incredibly full and uplifting at our Centre.  Acharya Richard John from Halifax led the Maitri: Five Wisdom Energies Program with 34 participants in attendance.  The Program was very experiential, and there was a lot of sharing and lively discussion throughout the weekend.  On Sunday evening, the Acharya conferred Bodhisattva Vows to 14 … Continue 

Year End Report / Rapport de fin d’année

The Ottawa Shambhala Centre is pleased to release an end-of year report which is available here in English: 2013-2014 Year-End Report Le Centre Shambhala d’Ottawa est heureuse de publier un rapport de fin d’année qui est disponible ici en français: 2013-2014_Rapport_de_fin_d’année (1) Voici un extrait en français.  An English excerpt follows. Chères membres et amies, chers membres … Continue 

Blessing Ceremony/Bénédiction des lieux at 119 Ross Avenue

On Saturday, March 15, at 12:30, you are invited to attend a Lhasang (blessing ceremony) at our new space at 119 Ross Ave.  Shastri Henry Chapin will lead us in a lhasang ceremony to help us raise good energy for our new home, and for our community effort in transforming it into a Shambhala Centre.  … Continue