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 at 7p.m. EST 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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The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva – Ongoing Saturday morning TEACHINGS with Lopon Rigzin Losal 

  • Saturdays – 9:30 – 11am on Zoom
  • Sessions this month on April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th
  • Zoom link HEREMeeting ID: 897 2380 1864 Passcode: English
  • Text available HERE

No registration required. All are welcome to join at any time.

In taking us through this text Lopon Rigzin Losal will help us to understand what it means to be a Bodhisattva and how we can follow in the footsteps of those who walk the path that joins primordial wisdom and loving compassion. We are sure that you will connect with Lopon Rigzin Losal’s in-depth knowledge, his enthusiasm, and concern for students who often have little opportunity to communicate informally with an authentically trained Nyingma teacher. 

Lopon Rigzin Losal’s Bio HERE


59 Ways to Leave our Limiting Beliefs – Ongoing Wednesday evening MEDITATION with Ven. Samten Chodron

Thubten Samten Chodron (Nyingje Norgang, PhD)

  • Wednesdays – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Zoom
  • Sessions this month on April 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th
  • Zoom link HERE Meeting ID: 825 9775 6382 – Passcode – Meditation

No registration required. All are welcome to join at any time.

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!

Ven. Samten Chodron’s Bio HERE

*CO-VID PROTOCOL – Due to the recent Ottawa health announcement and in order to keep everyone safe, masks will be required at the Centre for inhouse practices until further notice. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

*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 & TextsWe do have hard copy texts available at the Centre, but if you are joining an in-house practice, please feel free to bring a device on which you can follow the liturgy.

*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

APRIL 2023 Monthly Programs & News


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

    • GURU TSOK – Friday March 31st – 7pm practice inhouse
    • DAKINI TSOK – Saturday April 15th – there will be NO Inhouse tsok for this session
    • GURU TSOK – Sunday April 30th – 2pm practice inhouse

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

Other Ritual Practice days this month:

    • Amitabha – Wednesday April 5th 
    • Vajrakilaya – Wednesday April 19th
    • Medicine Buddha  – Friday April 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 


Dharma Centre Open ONLY for Practice Sessions: Please check the calendar for dates and times, Covid protocols are still in place – Due to the recent Ottawa health announcement and in order to keep everyone safe, masks will be required at the Centre for inhouse practices until further notice. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

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!