Our Centre


The Ottawa Shambhala Meditation Centre is a non-profit organization supported by members and volunteers. We are part of the Shambhala mandala, a community of over 215 meditation centres and groups around the world with its headquarters in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Our centre offers an open and protected environment for meditation practice and study, contemplative arts and disciplines, community gatherings, celebrations, and family events. The Centre first opened in 1977 and has grown to a membership of close to 100.

The centre has hosted a number of renowned Buddhist teachers over the years, including the leader of Shambhala, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

The Ottawa Shambhala Meditation Centre is a place where people come together to study and practice the traditions and teachings of Shambhala. We are a diverse community dedicated to building a world based on gentleness and sanity. Meditation is our core activity—it is how we connect with our hearts to develop confidence and compassion. In this way, we can be helpful to ourselves and others.

Our community is friendly and relaxed—a mix of cultures, ages and interests. We welcome and include people from any tradition, religion or background.

Our teachers and meditation instructors are senior, trained practitioners committed to supporting people on their spiritual path. They are an invaluable resource for meditators at all levels of practice.