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.


Interfaith Choir Concert

Dear Friends of the Pagoda Sangha, Members of our Sangha recently participated in an Interfaith concert event. The audio recordings (MP3s) of all these performances, including those of the Pagoda Sangha are available here:...

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Day of Mindfulness – Nov. 24th 2019

The next Ottawa Pagoda Sangha Day of Mindfulness (DoM) is September 24th and it will be held at the home of Millaray Sanchez. As usual – to simplify things – please bring your own lunch! Schedule: 9:30 Arrive10:00 Sitting/walking meditation11:00 Tea break11:15 Watch...

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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.