Welcome to the Ottawa Palyul Centre!


We are a registered Canadian charity with two mandates: to uphold and nurture the Buddha Dharma in Canada and to support the refugee children living at Namdroling Monastery in Byla Kuppe, South India. The Ottawa Palyul Centre welcomes diversity in all its forms and offers you a safe space in which to practice and discuss the Dharma.

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Vajrayana deity yoga practices are held on the 8th, 10th, 15th, 25th & 29th of the lunar month.

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All English practice texts can be found here. Many are also available in Chinese, Spanish, and Greek.

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Thank you for your support of our Centre and the children of Namdroling monastery. May all beings benefit!

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Continuing this month – Mahayana Ground, Path & Fruition –  teachings with Lopon Rigzin Losal – Sessions this month on April 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th

  • Ongoing Saturdays – 9:30 – 11am on Zoom
  • Zoom link HEREMeeting ID: 897 2380 1864 Passcode: Namdroling
  • No registration required. All are welcome to join at any time.

In this teaching, Lopon Rigzin Losal will take us through a text that explains the Ground of Reality–how the two Truths (Relative and Ultimate) are established. Then the Path to Liberation–the two accumulations, the five paths, and the ten levels of spiritual development (Bhumis). Finally he will explain the result, the Fruition of practice– the five ‘bodies’ (manifestations of Buddhahood), the five wisdoms and other qualities of enlightenment. Lopon will teach from a draft text prepared by Khenpo Sonam Tsewang specifically for teachings on ‘Mahayana Ground, Path & Fruition’.

Lopon Rigzin Losal’s Bio HERE

Resuming this month – Wednesday Meditation sessions with Ven. Samten Chodron – 59 Ways to Leave our Limiting Beliefs

  • Wednesdays – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Zoom
  • Sessions will start May 1st
  • Zoom link HERE Meeting ID: 825 9775 6382 – Passcode – Meditation

What if you had a TV which changed channels and volume randomly and frequently and had no off button?   Even worse, what if the chaotic equipment seemed to be hardwired into you?  We were all born with sophisticated capacities, yet they often make our lives hell rather than heaven.  We need an Operator’s Manual for the Human Heart/Mind. Fortunately, such a manual does exist.  It’s been around since the 13th century and it works for all models and years!  The Operator’s Manual is organized around 59 pithy reminders.  Each one is a support for realizing the vast potential of the human heart/mind. Please join us weekly (or occasionally) Wednesdays for a period of guided meditation and contemplation and an introduction to one of the reminders.  Since many of them are provocative, we may then have a lively discussion!

Samten Chodron’s Bio HERE



Tsok Practices on the 10th & 25th of the lunar month:

  • DAKINI TSOK – Thursday April 4th
  • GURU TSOK – Thursday April 18th

Please check the April Monthly Calendar for whether tsoks will be inhouse or on Zoom only.  

*Inhouse practices – For our tsok practices, we will either follow Khenpo Norgay & Lama Pasang live at the NYC Centre or a Zoom recording. 

*Liturgy & Texts – If you are joining an in-house practice, please bring a device on which you can follow the liturgy as we are no longer using hard copies.

Other Ritual Practice days this month:

  • Vajrakilaya – Sunday April 7th
  • Medicine Buddha – Tuesday April 16th
  • Amitabha – Tuesday April 23rd

*For the above ritual practices – Medicine Buddha / Amitabha / Vajrakilaya – we encourage everyone to join those Palyul Centres whose practices are led on Zoom by a resident Lama, please click on the practice date on our calendar for information and Zoom links to other Centres Ottawa Palyul Calendar

*CO-VID PROTOCOL – Good news! We have lifted the Co-vid protocols at the Centre.  If, however, you are feeling ill, or experiencing any cold or cough symptoms, please refrain from coming to the centre. According to our Ontario Public Health guidelines, if you are recovering from Co-vid, it is recommended to wear a mask in public for ten days after the start of symptoms.  Now that Fall is here, along with the flu season, in order to keep everyone safe, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE CENTRE If YOU HAVE ANY COLD OR COUGH SYMPTOMS.

*Inhouse practices – For our tsok practices, we will either follow Khenpo Norgay & Lama Pasang live at the NYC Centre.

*Liturgy & Texts: If you are joining an in-house practice, please bring a device on which you can follow the liturgy as we are no longer using hard copies.

*Prayer Requests – if you have any prayer requests please click HERE  and we will be sure to include your requests on our tsoks on the 10th & 25th of the month


Dharma Centre Open ONLY for Practice Sessions: Please check the calendar for dates and times. We have lifted the Co-vid protocols at the Centre.

2022 Activities – We are happy to report that we were able to host a wonderful teaching on the Kuntuzangpo Prayer by Khenchen Guru. We also received teachings on the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva from Lopon Rigzin Losal and meditation practice sessions with Ani Samten Choedron. As part of our support for English language learning for the Namdroling Lopons, we hosted a 3-part teaching program by the senior Lopons.

2023 Activities – Coming up this year we are pleased to host Lama Pasang to lead us in accumulating the Kuntuzangpo Prayer. Also we plan to continue the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva Saturdays with Lopon Rigzin Losal and Wednesday meditation practices with Ani Samten.

Thank you for your generosity – With your donations, we are happy to report that we have been able to keep our little Centre open and viable.  We are pleased to tell you that for the year 2022, your donations have allowed us to send $5900 towards the support of all the children cared for at Namdroling, and a further $2,550 specifically dedicated to the support of the little girls who reside at the nunnery. Overall, since 2008, your contributions to the children’s welfare total $102,000. Please rejoice with us! Thank you so much!