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.

Tibetan astrological calendar


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,

As we come to the end of the year, we would like to thank everyone who made our recent program with Khenpo Kunsang so beneficial.  And we would like to thank our Spiritual Director, Khenchen Guru for always helping us to continue on our path to enlightenment!  

May your holidays be full of joy, peace, and contentment.


BOOK YOUR CALENDARS – Coming on Zoom Jan 2024 

Khenmo Karma SangmoWe are honoured to host Khenmo Karma Sangmo, one of the first nuns to be bestowed the Khenmo degree (Khenpo for monks) by HH Karma Kuchen Rinpoche in May 2023. She will guide us in understanding the first three of the Paramitas (“Perfections” or “transcendental actions”) that are the foundation of the Bodhisattva path – they lead the mind away from ego and towards the awakening of perfect compassion and wisdom.

  • Jan 20th – The Perfection of Generosity  
  • Jan 27th – The Perfection of Ethical Discipline  
  • Feb 3rd– The Perfection of Patience  
  • Zoom Link HERE  Meeting ID: 897 2380 1864 Passcode: Namdroling
  • Khenmo Karma Sangmo’s – Bio HERE

All are welcome to join any session – No registration required

*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.


Lopon Rigzin Losal – Mahayana Ground, Path & Fruition – Last Session this year Saturday Dec 9th to resume in March 2024 

Since October 14th, we have had  a very successful program and we would like to thank Lopon la for his expert guidance and teaching. We look forward to continuing this program next year.  All are welcome, no registration required.

Thubten Samten Chodron (Nyingje Norgang, PhD)

Ven. Samten Chodron – 59 Ways to Cultivate a Peaceful Mind and Warm Heart Last Session this year Wednesday Dec 6th to resume in April 2024 

We have benefited greatly from the guided meditations that Ven. Samten Chodron has offered this Fall and we are grateful for her gentle leadership in contemplating the meaning of the Lojong mind training verses. We look forward to continuing this program next April. All are welcome, no registration required.

  • Wednesdays – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Zoom
  • Zoom link HERE Meeting ID: 825 9775 6382 – Passcode – Meditation



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

  • DAKINI TSOK – Thursday Dec 7th – 6pm at the Centre
  • GURU TSOK – Friday Dec 22nd

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

Other Ritual Practice days this month:

  • Vajrakilaya – Monday Dec 11th
  • Medicine Buddha – Wednesday Dec 20th
  • Amitabha – Tuesday Dec 26th

*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.

*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!