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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Dear Dharma Friends,

We were very privileged last month to host a wonderful program with Khenchen Gyatso Rinpoche, the Spiritual Director of our Centre. 

This month we will begin a new teaching program with Lopon Rigzin Losal – ‘Mahayana Ground, Path & Fruition’.  Also, Ven. Samten Chodron will continue her Wednesday weekly drop-in meditation & discussion sessions. 

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.


Teachings on ZOOM by Lopon Rigzin Losal – ‘Mahayana Ground, Path & Fruition– Saturdays starting Oct 14th at 9:30am (except Nov 25th)

The Ottawa Palyul Centre is delighted to once again host a teaching by Lopon Rigzin Losal, one of Namdroling’s advanced English-speaking monastic teachers. He will take us through a text that explains the Ground of Reality by showing how the two Truths (Relative and Ultimate) are established. Then the Path to Liberation which covers the two accumulations of Merit and Wisdom, the five stages on the journey beginning with the path of accumulation, and the ten levels of spiritual development (Bhumis). Finally he will explain the result, the Fruition of practice in the five ‘bodies’ (manifestations of Buddhahood), the five kinds of wisdom 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’.

  • Oct 14th – Dec 9th – Saturday mornings from 9:30 -11:00 am – please check our Events Calendar each week for any last minute changes
  • Zoom link: HERE – Meeting ID: 897 2380 1864 –  Passcode: Namdroling


Continuing Meditation on Zoom with Ven. Samten Chodron -’59 Ways to Cultivate a Peaceful Mind and Warm Heart’ – Wednesdays starting Oct 25th at 7pm

In this time when our lives can feel speedy and stressful, our hearts breaking with every news cycle, and our minds out of control, we may feel the need an Operator’s Manual for the Human Mind. Fortunately, such a manual has been around since the 13th century and it still works for the problems of the 21st Century!  It’s called, Lojong, and it is organized around 59 pithy sayings.  Each one is a support for realizing the vast potential of the human heart and mind. Please join us weekly (or occasionally) on Wednesday for a period of guided meditation and contemplation and an introduction to one of the sayings.  Before concluding, we always have time for comments and questions. 

  • Oct 25th – Dec 13th – Wednesday evenings from 7 – 8pm – please check our Events Calendar each week for any last minute changes
  • Zoom link:  HERE – Meeting ID: 825 9775 6382 – Passcode – Meditation


NOVEMBER PROGRAM  NEWS – We are very excited about our upcoming programs which will include the following (stay tuned for more details to come):

  • Khenpo Kunsang Dechen has kindly agreed to come to our Centre in November to teach the Heart Sutra & bestow the Manjushri empowerment – please check back for registration details.  

*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.

*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

OCTOBER 2023 Monthly Programs & News


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

  • DAKINI TSOK  – Monday Oct 9th
  • GURU TSOK – Tuesday Oct 24th

Please check the October Monthly Calendar for tsok times  

Other Ritual Practice days this month:

  • Vajrakilaya – Friday Oct 13th
  • Medicine Buddha – Sunday Oct 22nd
  • Amitabha – Saturday Oct 28th

*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

*Inhouse practices – For our tsok practices, we will either follow Khenpo Norgay & Lama Pasang live at the NYC Centre or a previous Zoom recording of Khenchen Guru & Lama Samdup or Khenchen live in Ohio.

*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.


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!