Ottawa Pagoda Sangha

The Ottawa Pagoda Sangha is a mindfulness practice group located in Ottawa. We come together 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. Vinho 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. Please send a blank email to to request membership to the mailing list.

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.

Meeting Place and Time

The site for Pagoda Sangha practice is currently at The Church of the Ascension, located at 253 Echo Drive.  Please note that our meetings are upstairs, in the main church hall. We meet at 7:00 pm. In the basement there is different meditation group (Cosmic Mindfulness) that meets at 7:30 pm.

Church Of The Ascension
253 Echo Drive
Ottawa, ON, Canada
(613) 236-3958

Parking is available in the Immaculata High School parking lot, at the side of the school that is right next to the church. (access the parking lot by taking Hazel St to Echo Drive or from Main St.)

For public transportation : Buses 5 and 16 stop at Colonel By Drive and Hawthorne Ave. Walk 2 blocks south along Echo Drive to the church.


Day of Mindfulness – 18 June 2017

The next Ottawa Pagoda Sangha Day of Mindfulness (DoM) is June 18th – Father’s Day! It will be held at the home of Millaray Sanchez. If you need directions, please send her an e-mail at: millaraysanchez [at] rogers [dot] com. As usual – to simplify things – please...

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Ottawa Wakeup Meeting Nov. 28

(La version française suit l'anglais) Dear Friends, Wake Up Ottawa has finally found a space for regular practice sessions and is holding its first weeknight meeting! Please join us on Monday, November 28th, from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. We will have a meet & greet...

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Red Can

The Ottawa Pagoda Sangha invites you to contribute to the “Red Can” which offsets monthly expenses and Dāna for visiting teachers.

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