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Chan Community Canada

Address: 45-7540 Abercrombie dr   Richmond BC v6Y 3Y8
Tradition: Mahayana, Master Sheng Yen : Caodong (Soto) and Linji ( Rinzai)
Affiliation: Chinese Zen
Phone: 778-996-1731
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Main Contact: Diane Kennedy  Email  (Phone: 778-989-9858)
Teacher: William Tsao  
Spiritual Director: Chan Master Guo Jun  
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We are a nonprofit organization committed to providing authentic Chan teachings and retreats with a Canadian flavour. Our primary teacher Chan Master Guo Jun, a Dharma heir of Chan Master Sheng Yen, carries transmission in both the Linji and Caodong tradition. William Tsao is our local Senior teacher. Our aim is to reduce personal suffering through the development of a way of life that encourages fresh awareness of being and new orientation to ones place in the cosmos. Training emphasizes calming the mind, gaining insight into the functioning of the self and mindful conscientious living for the benefit of all. We support communities by organizing local meditation sessions, Dharma talks and retreats.

Chan Nguyen Buddhist Monastery

Address: 1220-200 Street   Langley BC V2Z 1W5
Tradition: Mahayana
Affiliation: Vietnamese Zen & Pureland
Phone: (604) 533-8915
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Main Contact: Venerable Vien Dinh  Email  (Phone: (604) 533-8915)
Spiritual Director: Venerable Vien Giac  
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Chan  Nguyen Buddhist Monastery is a monastery in the Vietnamese Zen and Pureland tradition.   There are about 18 monastics currently residing at the monastery.

Services are offered in Vietnamese at 9:30AM on Sunday.  For services and classes in English, please contact the monastery for details.

You are welcome to drop by and experience what it is like to live in a monastic setting.   We receive everyone on a Dana (generous donation) basis and will not turn anyone away.

The monastery is also pet friendly as we have dogs on the premises.

Clear Sky Meditation & Study Center

Address:   Fort Steele BC V0B 1N0
Tradition: Vajrayana, Universalist/Namgyal Lineage
Affiliation: Universalist/Namgyal Lineage
Phone: (250) 429-3929
Fax: (250) 429-3951
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Teacher: Achariya Doug Duncan Sensei  
Spiritual Director: Achariya Doug Duncan Sensei  
Teacher: Catherine Pawasarat  
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Clear Sky is dedicated to the universal teachings of awakening.
 Check out our varied programs, or come to stay for a few months on our Karma Yoga program. We run meditation retreats, an eclectic summer program and holistic living courses. Join us as we develop an awakening community, along with many innovative projects like our Clear Sky Social Enterprise Farm and 1-acre Food Forest. The centre is also available for booking and is ideal for environmental conferences, corporate events, support group meetings, training, workshops and a wide variety of spiritual and holistic activities.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 19 Fort Steele V0B 1N0, Canada.

Contemplative Counselling Services

Address: Near MacDonald and West 8th Ave  Vancouver BC V6K2B8
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Affiliation: Naropa University
Phone: 778-968-6463
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Main Contact: Marlise Meilan, MA, RCC  Email  (Phone: 778-968-6463)
Notes and Events:

Contemplative Counselling Services offers psychotherapy from a Buddhist perspective for individuals, couples and groups.

Therapy can bring deeper personal insight and awareness, better ways of understanding and coping with problems, and improved relationships.

Marlise Meilan is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Masters degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University.

D.I.Y. Dharma

Tradition: Non-Sectarian
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We are a community of freaks, geeks, queers, rebels and outcasts, who meditate together in the Buddhist tradition.

We sit Sunday nights from 7:00 to 8:00pm (please arrive 15 minutes prior) at Unity Yoga – 1672 E. 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC, Unceded Coast Salish Territory. Tuesday nights we sit from 7:30 to 9pm. The address for our Tuesday sits will be visible to you at the top of the left column of the home page once you create an account and login to our website.

 On our website we maintain an audio archive of several thousand dharma talks,  guided mediations, lectures and interviews.

Dharma Drum Mountain - Vancouver

Address: 8240 No. 5 Road  Richmond, BC BC V6Y 2V4
Tradition: Mahayana, Chinese Ch'an (Zen)
Affiliation: Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association
Phone: (604) 277-1357
Fax: (604) 277-1352
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Teacher: Venerable Guo Shu  
Spiritual Director: Chan Master Sheng Yen  
Notes and Events:

  • Open every day
  • English and Mandarin teachings
  • Group meditation every Sunday at 9:30am
  • One-day retreat on last Sunday of every month
  • Youth group discussions and meditation twice per month

Dharma Fellowship of His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa

Address: The Hermitage 7131 Denman Road  enman Island BC V0R 1T0
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan
Affiliation: Karma Kagyü
Phone: 250-335-3377
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Ven: Bardok Chusang Rinpoche  Email  
Ven: Ani Tashi Lhamo  Email  (Phone: 415-621-1657)
Teacher: Lama Kunzang Palden  
Spiritual Director: 17th Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje  
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Meditation in British Columbia

Monday and Wednesday evening meditation is held each week at 7:30pm at the Hermitage on Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada under the guidance of Lama Kunzang. The Hermitage also holds five day, seven day and ten day silent retreats, open to all who are interested in learning and practicing meditation. Each retreat is supported by daily instruction and private interviews with the Lama. Please see the Hermitage retreat schedule for more information.


Address: 4467 W. 11th Avenue, Vancouver BC V6R 2M2   BC
Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Ecumenical Buddhist
Phone: (604) 787-7916
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Contact: Mark Schneider  
Notes and Events:

Dharmalog is a non-sectarian guide to Buddhist activities in British Columbia. It serves to provide information about events, retreats, and observances.

Dorjechang Buddhist Centre

Address: 2673 Trinity Street   Abbotsford BC BC V2S 3S3
Tradition: Vajrayana, Kadampa Buddhism Tibetan
Affiliation: New Kadampa Tradition
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Main Contact: Kelsang Chenma  Email  (Phone: 604 853 3738)
Teacher: Kelsang Sanden  
Spiritual Director: Kelsang Gyatso  
Notes and Events:

Dorjechang Buddhist Centre is a registered charity, part of the NKT-IKBU, an international union of Buddhist Centres dedicated to teaching practical meditation classes and Buddhist study programs. Our purpose is to provide places where people can learn to meditate and develop positive, peaceful states of mind. Our drop-in weekly meditation classes and most of our daycourses and many retreats are sutable for both beginners and experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome. Weekly we offer evening drop-in meditation classes in Abbotsford, Langley, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge and Mission

We also hold regular sessions of chanted prayers, or pujas, which are often combined with meditation, visualization, and mantra recitation. Usual weekly practices offered include:

Heart Jewel Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 7:30-8:30 am; and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 5 pm;
Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog Saturdays at 6:30pm.
Liberation from Sorrow, prayers to the female wisdom Buddha Tara, Sundays at 8:30 am and
Quick Path to Great Bliss Mondays and Fridays at 9:00 am (this requires appropriate empowerments)

As well, we offer more in-depth study programs for those who are interested in deeply exploring the Buddhist spiritual path.

Foundation Program

The Foundation Program is a structured study and meditation program that enables us to gain deeper understanding and experience of Buddha’s teachings, to develop a regular meditation practice, and to become part of a warm and supportive spiritual community.

Teacher Training Program

The Teacher training program is for those who wish to become qualified teachers of Kadampa Buddhism and also for those who wish to gain clear insight into Buddha’s teachings and deep experience of their practice. It involves the study of twelve of Geshe Kelsang’s books, covering both Sutra and Tantra teachings.

Dorjechang Buddhist Centre

Address: 106 31581 South Fraser Way   Abbotsford BC V2T 1T8
Tradition: Mahayana, Kadampa
Affiliation: Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada
Phone: 604 853 37383
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Spiritual Director: Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong  
Main Contact: Gen Kelsang Sanden  Email  (Phone: 604 853 3738)
Teacher: Gen Kelsang Sanden  
Notes and Events:

We offer meditation classes at all levels.  Everyone is welcome and our introductory classes are helpful both to develop meditation practice and gain essential life skills like stress management.  As well, we have a complete spiritual program for those interested in pursuing the Buddhist spiritual path.  We have weekly drop in classes and practices, weekend and one day or even half day meditation workshops and retreats.  All our classes and practices are in English and the teachings are given in a way that focuses on how to integrate Buddhist wisdom with our modern busy daily lives.  Again: everyone is welcome!

Flowing Rivers Buddhist Practice Group

Address: Room 212 211 Bronson Ave.   Ottawa Ontario
Tradition: Mahayana, Tendai
Affiliation: Tendai Buddhist Institute and Tendai Canada
Phone: 613-836-4063
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Main Contact: Kanzan Don Purchase  Email  (Phone: 613-836-4073)
Teacher: Innen Ray Parchelo  
Spiritual Director: Abbott Monshin Paul Naamon  Email  (Phone: 518-392-7963)
Notes and Events:

Flowing Rivers is an Ottawa area practice group committed to presenting and supporting authentic, skilful and socially responsible Buddhist practice in the Tendai style.

Beginning Sept. 14th 2011 we will be offering a year-round bi-weekly practice space for anyone, regardless of their faith orientation.  We welcome those who wish to learn about and practice in a traditional Dharma environment.

Monthly sessions are alternately lead by Innen Ray Parchelo and Kanzan Don Purchase. Kanzan facilitates practice, while Innen gives Dharma talks and question / answer sessions. Those attending Flowing Rivers are invited to join the Mahasangha sessions at Red Maple

These combine a formal Tendai service, Dharma talk and meditation with a vegetarian brunch.  Usually held on the 3rd Saturday monthly in Renfrew.


Friends of the Heart

Address: 2510 Yonge Street Suite 324  Toronto Ontario M4P 2H7
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Phone: 416 486 5105
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Main Contact: General Inquiry  (Phone: 416 486 5105)
Teacher: Richard Johnson  
Spiritual Director: Catherine Jetsun Yeshe  (Phone: 416 486 5105)
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Friends of the Heart is a group of lay people who actively pursue the deep philosophic and ethical teachings of East and West while maintaining an active, ordinary life within the community. From the Buddhist path, we take teachings and meditation practice from the Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana streams.

We offer meditation instruction and classes in Toronto. By emphasizing individual attention, discussion and dialogue in small classes, you will learn how to live in the world with a compassionate heart and a clear mind. Find peace, calm and joy in your life.

Newcomers are always welcome, whether new to meditation or long time practitioners. Details on courses and events are at

Halifax Nalandabodhi Study Group

Address: 6156 Quinpool Road, Halifax NS B3L 1A3 Contact Mike Munro  Nova Scotia
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Kagyu /Nyingma
Affiliation: Nalandabodhi
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The Halifax Nalandabodhi Study Group is dedicated to the study and practice of Buddhism, a science of mind, under the direction of The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

Halifax Vipassana Circle

Address:   Halifax Nova Scotia
Tradition: Theravada
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Main Contact: Zoey Roy  Email  
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An egalitarian group of lay practitioners coming together to meditate and study in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition.

In The Footsteps Of The Buddha

Address: Triwood Community Centre, 2244 Chicoutimi Dr. NW  Calgary Alberta
Tradition: Theravada, Vipassana: All welcome
Phone: 282-2677
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Main Contact: Triwood office staff  
Teacher: Nayda  
Notes and Events:

Contact Triwood's office staff (they will pass on any
queries to Nayda, the group's facilitator).  Call for times and room location.

This group is starting Tuesday March 21st, 2006, and will be held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday evenings of each month. 

We are planning a half-hour of meditation, and about an hour of study/discussion, with the emphasis on applying the Buddha's teachings to our everyday lives.   No meditation experience necessary.   Everyone welcome!

Iqaluit Soto Zen Group / Groupe Zen Soto d\\\'Iqaluit

Address: Bldg / Edifice No. 2820 Niaqunngusiariaq Rd.(Road to Apex)   Iqaluit Nunavut X0A0H0
Tradition: Mahayana, Soto Zen (Matsuoka-Roshi)
Affiliation: Atlanta Soto Zen Center
Phone: 967.975.2320
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Main Contact: Shogon Francois Ouellette  Email  (Phone: 867.975.2320)
Teacher: Shogon Francois Ouellette  
Spiritual Director: Rev. Taiun M. Elliston, Abbot  Email  
Notes and Events:

Bare-bones Buddhist meditation, service and discussion in the Soto Zen tradition every Sunday at l\\\'École des Trois-Soleils, 12:00 to 14:00.  Contact Shogon François at for more information. All are welcomed, regardless of level of experience or religious affiliation. Tunngasugit!  

Méditation, service et discussion suivant la tradition Zen Sôtô chaque dimanche à l\\\'École des Trois-Soleils, de 12h00 à 14h00. Veuillez contacter Shôgôn François a pour plus de renseignements. Tous sont les bienvenus, peu importe le niveau d\\\'experience ou l\\\'affiliation religieuse. Tunngasugit!

Joyful Land Buddhist Centre

Address: 879 Somerset Street West,  Ottawa Ontario K1R 6R6
Tradition: Vajrayana, Je Tsongkapa, New Kadampa Tradition
Phone: (613) 234-4347
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Teacher: Gen Kelsang Suma  
Spiritual Director: Geshe Kelsang Gyatso  
Notes and Events:

Joyful Land Buddhist Centre is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving others.

We offer classes suited to all levels of experience and interest as well as pujas (chanted prayers), day courses, retreats and empowerments.

Our General Program classes are available on a drop-in basis and are suited to everyone including beginners.  Each class in self-contained and includes a talk, guided meditation and time for discussion and questions.  Weekly topics for each class follow the Lamrim teachings as presented by our Spiritual Director, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Our current General Program class schedule is as follows:

Sunday 10:00 - 11:30 am, "Peaceful Mind, Peaceful World"

Tuesday 7:00 - 8:30 pm, "Sagesse Ancienne pour les Temps Modernes"

Thursday 7:00 - 8:30 pm, "Ancient Wisdom for Modern Lives"

Tuesday and Thursday 12:15 - 1:00 pm, Noon hour meditations

Bookshop hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12 - 2 pm, feel free to drop by for tea and browse.

Karma Kagyu Buddhist Meditation Centre of Niagara

Address: email for location.  St. Catheranes Ontario
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Karma Kagyu
Affiliation: Karma Sonam Dargye Ling
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Founder: Lama Namse Rinpoche  
Notes and Events:

Mondays (except holidays)
7:30 p.m.A typical evening will include silent meditation, Tibetan Buddhist teaching, and the Vajrayana practice of Chenrezig, the bodhisattva of compassion. This practice includes mantra chanting, visualization, prayer, and more silent meditation. Please email for location.

Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre

Address: 3rd Floor - 444 Baker Street, PO Box 136  Nelson BC V1L 5P7
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan (Kagyü and Nyingma) and Shambhala
Affiliation: Shambhala
Phone: 250-352-5560
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Present leader: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche  
Founder: Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche  
Notes and Events:

The Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre is part of an international community of meditation centres founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and now led by his son and lineage holder Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Our Centre offers free meditation instruction, a core path of Shambhala Buddhist practice and study, a range of community activities and more—all meant to help people of all kinds awaken their innate wisdom, compassion and sense of delight.

We invite you to join us in celebrating this journey of discovery.

For the latest and most complete informtation about our Centre, please visit:

London Dharma Retreats

Address: 206 - 215 Piccadilly Street, London, ON, N6A 1S2   Ontario
Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Vipassana meditation
Phone: (519) 433-3082
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Contact: Dr. Kate Partridge  
Notes and Events:

For information about weekly meditation sittings in London.

Contact Yeshe Wangpo of Nyingje Companions.

Mindfulness Meditation Centre

Address: 43 De Breslay  Pointe-Claire Quebec H8S 4M8
Tradition: Mahayana, Lin-Chi
Affiliation: Thich Nhat Hanh
Phone: 514 694-3797
Fax: 514 694-5955
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Notes and Events:

Mindfulness Meditation Centre celebrates its 10th year in 2007. We follow the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, and in the spirit of his practice, aim to express traditional Buddhist teachings in a way that makes the most sense in our contemporary western world. We work extensively with poetry and song, and creativity is important to many of our Sangha members. MMC has two branches, one in suburban Pointe-Claire, and the other in Downtown Montreal. We like to think of our center as a Buddhist Meditation Cooperative in the sense that Dharma talks are given in turn by 6 leaders under the guidance of Joseph Emet, Dharmacharya

We offer ongoing weekly sessions at two locations, monthly Mindfulness Days, public talks, and evenings of poetry and song. 

Mindfulness Sangha

Address: Ottawa  K2G 3X9
Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Generally following the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh
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Main Contact: Glenn Johnson  Email  
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An online Sangha devoted to the teachings of The Buddha, and generally following the words and teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. A resource with extensive links to various schools of Buddhism and easy to understand links to teachings.

Montreal Diamond Way Buddhist Group

Address: 372 Ste-Catherine Street West, suite 127  Montreal Quebec H3B 1A2
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Karma Kagyu, Diamond Way
Affiliation: H.H. 17th Karmapa Trinlay Thaye Dorje
Phone: (514) 527 0091, (514) 527-5170
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Spiritual Director: Lama Ole Nydahl  
Main Contact: Yoel Nessim, Carla Soto  
Notes and Events:

Our Buddhist meditation group would like to invite anyone interested in learning about Tibetan Buddhist meditation to join our weekly Guru Yoga meditation every Thursday at 7:30pm. Guru Yoga meditation is one of the most powerful methods of Tibetan Buddhism. The meditation is guided in English or French and runs about 30 minutes, no preparation or previous experience is required. We encourage the practice of Diamond Way Buddhism in a relaxed, joyful environment.

Nalandabodhi Montreal

Tradition: Vajrayana, Nyingma - Kagyu
Affiliation: Nalandabodhi
Phone: 514-484-0868
Spiritual Director: Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche  Email  
Co-Director (French): Helene Leboeuf  Email  
Co-Director (English): Jason Piercy  Email  (Phone: 514-484-0868)
Notes and Events:

Meditation Practice is held on Thursdays at 7:15 & Sundays at 10:30 at the 660 Villeraycommunity center (ring doorbell for admittance)

Study Groups are available in French and English. Times and coarse content vary from year to year but the general pattern is to follow the Study Curriculum designed by  Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.

Newmarket Zen Group

Address: 244 Main Street South  Newmarket Ontario
Tradition: Mahayana, Korean Ganhwsoen (Koan Zen)
Affiliation: Awakened Meditation Centre
Phone: 416-838-4305
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Teacher: Greg Samuelson  
Spiritual Director: Hwasun Yangil Sunim  
Notes and Events:

We sit together on Saturdays in Newmarket Ontario.

We practice from 1:00 p.m. at Brad Jones Karate Do on Main Street South. If you would like some orientation, you could come at 12:45 p.m.
You can read more about the practice at

The form the practice takes is tea...sitting meditation...walking
meditation...short reading or talk...sitting meditation.

You are welcome to join us if you like. Please call first at 416-838-4305 in case of schedule changes.

Please feel free to email or call with any questions.

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