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 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.

To respect and support our collective energy of practice, we ask everyone who attends the Sangha in person to wear modest, loose-fitting clothing that cover the shoulders, midsection, and knees even when sitting in a meditative posture (no shorts, tank tops, or leggings), and to avoid wearing perfumes or other products that may affect those who are sensitive or allergic to fragrances.

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 rental and Zoom related expenses to meet online and in-person weekly meetings. Donate via PayPal below or via auto-deposit Interact e-transfer at email  (remove spaces) pagodasangha @


Day of Mindfulness – Sunday May 26, 2024

Dear Thay, Dear Sangha, The next Day of Mindfulness will be held Sunday the 26th of May, 2024 at the Strathcona Park (change of venue from the initial announcement) This is a wonderful opportunity to experience Mother Earth within our own bodies. “Dear Mother Earth, ...

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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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