What we're about

We are a community of individuals in the Ottawa/Gatineau area who are focused on cultivating wakefulness and mindfulness through the practices of meditation and dharma study.

Our group offers regular meditation sessions and instruction as well as periodic retreats, gatherings and special events. Our offerings also include programs, courses and workshops in the Buddhist tradition as well as non-secular courses of study. Many of the courses and programs are designed to stabilize and strengthen our meditation, as well as clarify our understanding of a diverse range of rich, profound teachings of various thought/spiritual masters. Course activities include group discussion and contemplative exercises that allow us to connect to the teachings at an experiential level, and find ways to integrate the path of meditation, wisdom and compassion into our daily lives. Members are encouraged to suggest related offerings that may be of interest to group members.

All are welcome to participate, regardless of spiritual tradition, or the lack thereof, and level of experience with meditation and mindfulness practice. Join us in celebrating this journey of discovery!

If you have questions, you can email us through the Contact Us link on Meetup.

Upcoming events (5+)

Warrior Exercises - Moving Meditation

Ottawa Shambhala Meditation Centre

You are invited to move your body! We will begin and end with some short sitting meditation and lead you through Warrior Exercises in between. Warrior exercises, known as "lujong" in Tibetan - literally "body training" are a set of exercises developed by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, drawing from the tradition of yogic exercises of India and Tibet. They are intended to help students enhance their physical health and synchronize body and mind. Although these exercises can be done vigorously, each of us is encouraged to move at a pace that is suitable for our body. The basic instruction for these exercises is to bring one's awareness to the movement of the body or to the physical sensations that arise in the body. The wakefulness created by the movements can bring a quality of meditation to everyday activities. At our Centre we will practice these as a group but they can also be done individually. Most people find an increase in energy and flexibility after practicing these warrior exercises. These exercises will be adapted to be accessible to all bodies, flexibilities and strengths. Come and join us for an invigorating workout as we follow students of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyampso Rinpoche in a video filmed in 2005. Please wear clothing that supports your movement. Be aware: Warrior exercises involve postures and movements that you may find physically difficult. As with many forms of discipline that involve bodily exercise, Warrior Exercises include an inherent element of risk of personal injury. All participants should exercise care that they do the exercises with an intensity and at a pace that is in keeping with their physical condition. It is not necessary to keep up with the group. Khenpo Rinpoche advises those with illness or difficulty in a particular part of their body to mentally focus on that area when doing the exercises, but they are cautioned not to exceed what their body is capable of. For more information and to register please go to : https://ottawa.shambhala.org/programs/program-details/?id=402672

Weekly Sitting Meditation Sessions

Ottawa Shambhala Meditation Centre

The Ottawa Shambhala Meditation Centre is offering the following public meditation sittings this coming week: • Tuesday night Regular Sitting Practice from 7:00 to 7:45 p.m., followed by tea & cookies; • Wednesday night Regular Sitting Practice, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., followed by tea & cookies; (Wednesday's sitting practice ends with 15 min. of chants, another practice within the Shambhala tradition. It is optional to join in for them. On the 2nd Wednesday of the month, chants are led in French.) • Sunday morning Regular Practice, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., includes morning chants and sitting is interspersed with short periods of walking meditation. Come when you can and stay as long as you wish. There is no charge to come and meditate. Donations are always welcome, though, to help cover costs of operation. Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of religious or spiritual tradition, or the lack thereof. There are normally many more people in attendance at the Centre for sitting than are listed on this Meetup group, and practice happens regardless of numbers who sign up here. When at the centre please do not hesitate to approach one of our members with questions you might have about the centre and its meditation offerings. The Ottawa Shambhala Centre has elevators and automatic door buttons on all entrances and washrooms; we use LED lights and have windows to let in natural light. We have a nut-free policy and do not burn incense inside the centre out of respect for those with allergies. We aim for a non-scent practice at the Centre and ask meditators not to wear perfumes or colognes. And we aim to be a welcoming and warm place to practice. If you have any questions regarding this invitation, please contact us. More information is also available at: http://ottawa.shambhala.org/monthly-calendar/ . We look forward to seeing you soon!

Contemplative (Mindful) Writing Workshop

Ottawa Shambhala Meditation Centre

PLEASE PRE-REGISTER: http://ottawa.shambhala.org/monthly-calendar/ $10 ************ Writing, like meditation, is a solitary act that benefits greatly from practice with others. Come join us in exploring what happens when meditation gets involved with writing. This workshop draws on Natalie Goldberg’s landmark book, Writing Down the Bones, and on work Tunde has been doing with the Shambhala contemplative arts teacher Miriam Hall. The format is simple: a little sitting practice, writing practice, an opportunity to share, if you wish, in a safe space (not for critiquing, just for compassionate listening). The workshop is offered in English, but you are most welcome to write and to share in French as well. Writing cues will be offered, or you can write about a topic of your choice. Open to all. (You don’t have to be a "writer.") Bring your favorite pen and a notebook. No meditation or writing experience necessary. If you have any questions, please contact Tunde Nemeth at [masked] Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of religious or spiritual tradition, or lack thereof. There are normally many more people in attendance at the Centre for sitting than are listed on this Meetup group, and practice happens regardless of numbers who sign up here. When at the centre please do not hesitate to approach one of our members with questions you might have about the centre and its meditation offerings. The Ottawa Shambhala Centre has elevators and automatic door buttons on all entrances and washrooms; we use LED lights and have windows to let in natural light. We have a nut-free policy and do not burn incense inside the centre out of respect for those with allergies. We aim for a non-scent practice at the Centre and ask meditators not to wear perfumes or colognes. And we aim to be a welcoming and warm place to practice. If you have any questions regarding this invitation, please contact us. More information is also available at: http://ottawa.shambhala.org/monthly-calendar/ .

Maitri Bhavana, "meditation on loving kindness," for the ill or suffering

Ottawa Shambhala Meditation Centre

Maitri Bhavana, which means "meditation on loving kindness", is a mahayana practice used to support the very ill, physically or mentally. It includes the practice of tonglen which helps us develop a sense of generosity and compassion for the suffering of others. This practice has been integrated to regular Sunday practice, once a month. You will find a list at the Centre where you can enter the names of your relatives or friends who are seriously ill. You can also send the names and illness to: [masked] https://ottawa.shambhala.org/programs/program-details/?id=331392

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Weekly Sitting Meditation Sessions

Ottawa Shambhala Meditation Centre

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