Arctic Chill

Right mindfulness does not simply mean being aware; it is like creating a work of art. You can therefore trust what you are doing; you are not threatened by anything. You have room to dance in the space, and this makes it a creative situation. The space is open to you. (Chogyam Trungpa) 15 would-be … Continue 

A December Weekthün in Ottawa

So what did you do over the holidays? Well, I attended a silent retreat at the Shambhala Centre. You did what? Why? It’s hard to explain. I felt the need to slow down after the frenzy and materialism of the Christmas season. I needed to get back in touch with myself. And to review the … Continue 


We are having an Open House at the Ottawa Shambhala Meditation Centre on Saturday, January 17, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.. This is a great opportunity for people from all over the Capital Region to come to our Centre, meet our community, and learn a little bit about meditation and Shambhala. We encourage … Continue 

New Centre Photos

Our beautiful new Centre at 119 Ross Avenue, Westboro.      

Winter Solstice Celebration – Dec. 20th, 2014

On Saturday, December 20th, 13 children and over 40 adults gathered together at the centre to celebrate Children’s Day and Winter Solstice.  We greeted the King and Queen with song, led by Derek Heffernan. Tejumo Ogouma, the King, and Bozica Costigliola, the Queen, were resplendent in their robes and crowns. They jointly gave a wonderful … Continue 

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