x-Our Shambhala Neighbours

There are a number of nearby centres:

– Montreal Shambhala Centre

– Toronto Shambhala Centre

Mississauga Shambhala Centre

– Karme Chöling Shambhala Retreat Center near Barnet, Vermont.

For a full list of Central Canada programs you can go here or see below.

Where to Buy Cushions

There are often questions about where to get the cushions we have at the centre.  We are unaware of anyone in Ottawa who sells them, but if you know of someone, please contact us.

The cushions are made by Samadhi Cushions in Barnet, Vermont and you can order directly from them.

They are also available from Drala Books and Gifts in Halifax who will ship them.

Programs for Central Canada USA Region

Toronto Shambhala Center

Meditation in Everyday Life: Sunday Evenings

April 7th—May 12th

Join us for this five-week, Sunday evening course introducing meditation and how we can apply it in our everyday life. Everyone welcome. Continue »

Toronto Shambhala Center

Joy in Everyday Life: Tuesday Mornings

April 16th—May 14th - Date postponed or cancelled

This Tuesday morning class is cancelled. Joy in Everyday Life will be offered at another time. Continue »

Ottawa Shambhala Centre

Renew and Restore: An Urban Day-Long Meditation Retreat

with Alexis Shotwell

April 21st - Date postponed or cancelled

Ottawa Shambhala Centre

Chariot of Mahamudra

with Acharya Richard John

April 26th—April 28th

This weekend retreat is open to practitioners at all levels—tantrikas and newer students—who wish to deepen their meditation practice. Mahamudra, the "great symbol," is among the most profound traditions of vajrayana Buddhism, but it is also extremely sim Continue »

Toronto Shambhala Center

Together Now, as We Are: Creating Vibrant and Just Community

with Acharya Charlene Leung, Shastri Trinley Busby, Shastri Jil Amadio

April 27th—April 28th

Join us for this Great Lakes Region Community Retreat exploring creating vibrant and just community. Continue »

Mississauga Shambhala Centre

Together Now, as We Are: Creating Vibrant and Just Community - Toronto Shambhala Centre

April 27th—April 28th

Explore our habitual social patterns by utilizing meditation, contemplation, conceptual presentation, embodied exercises, feeling, and art. Find new inspiration to build vibrant, just community. Continue »

Toronto Shambhala Center

Absolute Photography as Modern Art

with John McQuade

May 4th—May 5th

Join us for this weekend workshop exploring the connection between contemplative photography and modern, abstract art. Prerequisites apply. Continue »

Mississauga Shambhala Centre

Bringing Mindfulness into Everyday Life - Saturday Morning Workshop

with Shastri Jil Amadio

May 4th

In this workshop we will discuss some of the benefits and obstacles to developing a mindfulness practice and use guided walking and sitting meditation instruction. Continue »

Mississauga Shambhala Centre

A Year of Deepening in Compassion Part II: The Joyful Snow Lion and The Paramitas

May 5th—June 30th

No Prerequisites. We will explore the Shambhala Mahayana teachings, taught live online by Shambhala Acharyas, which includes an exploration of Relative Bodhicitta and how we put our aspiration into action with the Paramitas. Continue »

Mississauga Shambhala Centre

Facing Ourselves with Compassion and Courage - Saturday morning workshop

with Shastri Jil Amadio

May 18th

This session will introduce practical methods for developing ongoing kindness toward ourselves and others. Through this practice we develop the courage to embrace, rather than reject, the painful aspects of our experience. Continue »

Toronto Shambhala Center

Contentment in Everyday Life: Sunday Evenings

May 19th—June 16th

In this five-week, Sunday evening course, we deepen our meditation experience through the cultivation of contentment and simplicity. Open to all. Continue »

Mississauga Shambhala Centre

Book Group - 5 Tuesday evenings

May 21st—June 18th

The Zen of You and Me - a Guide to Getting Along with Just About Anyone by Diane Musho Hamilton Continue »

Ottawa Shambhala Centre

Kalapa Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging with Stéphane Bédard

May 25th—May 26th

Ikebana is the Japanese art and contemplative practice of flower arranging dating back to the 6th century. As a “meditation in action,” Ikebana helps us connect to the present moment and wakes up our sense perceptions. Continue »

Toronto Shambhala Center

Feel Human Again: Shambhala Training, Level I

with Shastri Jil Amadio

May 25th

Join us for this one-day meditation retreat exploring our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. Everyone welcome. Continue »

Toronto Shambhala Center

Shambhala Guide Training

with Shastri Jil Amadio

June 7th—June 9th

Students who have a strong personal meditation practice and feel inspired and ready to help others on their meditative journeys are invited to apply for Shambhala Guide Training. Continue »

Ottawa Shambhala Centre

Level 3: Warrior in the World

with David Fowler

June 8th—June 9th

Examining our habitual tendencies, we begin to look at our willingness to experience our life without relying on the cocoon. We begin to engage the world directly and extend the attitude of fearlessness to our activities. Continue »

Toronto Shambhala Center

Summer Shambhala Meditation Retreat

with Tom Bell & Victoria Hagens

August 12th—August 18th

Join us for this week-long, city retreat focusing on the stages of Shambhala Meditation and the Buddhist view of how to meditate. Everyone welcome. Continue »

Ottawa Shambhala Centre

Level I: The Art of Being Human

September 14th—September 15th

This first weekend of Shambhala Training introduces the practice of meditation instruction as a means of opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation. Through meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness. Continue »

Ottawa Shambhala Centre

Qigong Level 5

with Sophie Leger

September 21st—September 22nd

Daoist Qigong (pronounced "chee gong" is a spiritual discipline that cultivates body and mind simultaneously.) Continue »

Toronto Shambhala Center

Taoist Qigong, Levels 1 & 2

with Sophie Leger

September 28th—September 29th

Learn how to energetically strengthen both body and mind through Qigong. Open to all. Continue »