Ottawa Pagoda Sangha

The Ottawa Pagoda Sangha is a mindfulness practice group located in Ottawa. We come together in person and on Zoom to support each other on the path of practice following the Buddhist teachings of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh.

About our Sangha

Our Sangha’s was founded by our senior dharma teacher Vinh Nguyen (Chan Ngo) in 1992. Vinh was ordained as a member of the Order of Interbeing in 1987 and received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh in Plum Village in 1994. There are 11 members of the Order of Interbeing in our Sangha and many more committed practitioners who have undertaken the 5 Mindfulness Trainings. In 2014 three more dharma teachers from our Sangha, Andre Vellino, Mihaela Andronic, and Laureen Osborne received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh in Plum Village.

Welcome Newcomers

Newcomers are welcome to our Sangha, please read the practices page consult the current schedule for details about when and where we meet. Feel free to contact us at The Pagoda Sangha also has Google Groups mailing list to which only attendees to the group will be added.

Weekly Schedule

The Ottawa Pagoda Sangha meets once a week at 7pm on Wednesdays at the Church of the Ascension on Echo Dr. (see directions). Please arrive a little earlier than that so that you and we have the time to settle down. If you arrive later than 7pm please wait outside the church hall until the first 20 minute sitting meditation is finished and walking meditation begins. Please consult the current schedule for details.


The Ottawa Pagoda Sangha invites you to contribute to the “Red Can” for expenditures of the Sangha as we continue to meet online and in-person weekly meetings, retreats and other events.


New Heart Sutra Chant

Plum Village monastics have released some further details on the new chant for Thay's new translation of the Heart Sutra (see also the old and the new version, side by side).  Please see below for the text, sheet music and recordings. Text of the New...

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Remembering Thich Nhat Hanh

On January 22nd, 2022, Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) transitioned peacefully in his root monastery in Hue, Vietnam in the presence of his monastic disciples. His memory is being honoured by Plum Village and Sanghas everywhere are expressing great gratitude for a lifetime of...

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In memoriam: Chân Sinh (Hoàng Phúc)

When we received the 14 Mindfulness Trainings, Thầy gave us a Dharma name which is different from our lineage name. In the 80s, the first batchs of the Canadian and American OI got their Dharma names which were mostly composed of only two words (True + Name, or Chân +...

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Plum Village Needs Your Support

In Plum Village and our other practice centers around the world we, too, find ourselves facing a challenge. We are dependent on retreat fees to cover the basic necessities, and while our monasteries are closed, we must rely almost entirely on the generosity of our practitioners. If you can, please consider offering a donation.