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Westend Buddhist Centre / Halton-Peel Buddhist Society

Address: 3133 Cawthra Roard, Mississauga ON L5A 2X4   Ontario
Tradition: Theravada, Sri Lankan
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Contact: Bhante Saranapala or Bhante Dhammawasa  
Teachers: Bhante Saranapala, Bhante Kassapa, Bhante Dhammarama  
Spiritual Director: Rev. K. Dhammawasa, Abbot  

Windsor Buddhist Vihara

Address: 691 Campbel Ave, Windsor, ON,Canada. N9B 2H6   Ontario
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: (519) 256-4223
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Main Contact: Ven. Pinnagoda Rahula  Email  
Spiritual Director: Ven. Pinnagoda Rahula  Email  (Phone: 519-256-4223)

World Peace Ten Thousand Buddhas Sarina Stupa Temple

Address: 4303 River Road, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E8  Ontario
Tradition: Mahayana, Pure Land
Affiliation: Cham Shan Temple
Phone: (905) 371-2678
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Resident Director & Teacher: Ven Shan Kwang  

Zen Buddhist Temple Toronto

Address: 297 College, Toronto ON M5T 1S2   Ontario
Tradition: Mahayana, Korean Chogye Zen
Affiliation: Buddhist Society of Compassionate Wisdom
Phone: (416) 658-0137
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Spiritual Director: Ven. Samu Sunim  

Zen Centre of Ottawa

Address: 240 Daly Avenue,   Ottawa Ontario K1N 6G2
Tradition: Mahayana, Dogen
Affiliation: Main monastery (Dainen-ji) White Wind Zen Community
Phone: (613) 562-1568
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Teacher: Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi  

Awakened Meditation Centre

Address: 134 Sixth Street   Toronto Ontario M8V 3A5
Tradition: Mahayana, Korean Ganhwsoen (Koan Zen)
Affiliation: Korean Chogye Order
Phone: 647-342-3322
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Main Contact: Greg Samuelson  (Phone: 416-838-4305)
Teacher: Hwasun Yangil Sunim  
Spiritual Director: Hwasun Yangil Sunim  (Phone: 647-342-3322)
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Zen Meditation instruction offered at Awakened Meditation Centre by Zen Master Hwasun Yangil is intended for both beginners and advanced students alike.

Participants are offered a rare opportunity to enrich their inner life and practice under the guidance of an experienced Zen Master.

Instruction is provided in sitting meditation posture, breathing techniques, walking meditation, and Ko-an meditation, to concentrate and awaken the mind.

According to Zen tradition, at a gathering of his disciples Shakyamuni Buddha probed the understanding of his followers about the ultimate goal of His teaching by holding a flower aloft before the assembly. Among the thousand assembled there, only Mahakasyapa is said to have understood the gesture and acknowledged it with a smile. Thereupon, the Enlightened One acknowledged the transmission of the right Dharma eye, the blissful mind of Nirvana and the ultimate reality to the Venerable Mahakasyapa.

The transmission is outside of the scriptures. It aims at the direct pointing at the mind for the perception of self-nature and attainment of enlightenment.

The Zen teaching traces its origin from this transmission. It remains a living tradition, passed on from master to disciple.

From the great traditions of Asia, Zen has found a new home in the hearts of many in North America and Europe.

Zen opens a whole world of possibilities for improving and appreciating ones day-to-day life through mindfulness and awareness of the moment.

Blue Heron Zen Buddhist Centre

Address: 74 Alpine Avenue  Hamilton Ontario L9A 1A6
Tradition: Mahayana, Vietnamese Zen
Phone: 905-575-5976
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Teachers: Visiting monastics a few times per year  
Main Contact: Sister Tinh Quang  
Spiritual Director: Sister Tinh Quang  
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Zen and Vipassana Meditation, Days of Mindfulness, workshops, courses, individual counselling, chanting, and dharma talks.

Brampton Buddhist Mission Centre

Address: 133a Main St. S., Brampton L6Y 1N2   Ontario
Tradition: Theravada, Monks residence only
Phone: (905) 454 6649
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Note:  the Brampton Buddhist Mission Centre uses the property at 133A – Main St. South, Brampton, Ontario, L6Y 1N2, Canada, as a place of ‘clergy residence’ only for monks dwelling.

Buddhist Place

Address: 588 Stewart Street Peterborough, Ontario   Peterborough Ontario K9H 4C1
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Phone: 705 775-4567 7O5-760-9157
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On-going Activities Location: St. John’s Anglican Church
99 Brock St., Peterborough - just east of Water Street
Sitting Meditation:
Wednesday evenings: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Meditation with some instruction, Loving-kindness meditation,
Dharma reading and discussion
Saturday morning: 8:10 - 9:30 a.m.
Reflection, meditation and chanting.

Buddhist Place

Address: 588 Stewart Street   Peterborough Ontario K9H 4C1
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: 705-760-9157
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Wednesday and Saturday meditation meetings.  Special events with visiting monastics.  See events page for details.

Canadian Buddhist Directory

Address:   Ontario
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Phone: 416-669-3362
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Main Contact: Karma Yonten Gyatso  Email  (Phone: 416-669-3362)
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Directory of 470+ Canadian Buddhist organizations.
Maintained by The Sumeru Press (

PO Box 2089, Richmond Hill, ON, Canada L4E 1A3

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)
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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)
Notes and Events:

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

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  
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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  
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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.

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  
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For information about weekly meditation sittings in London.

Contact Yeshe Wangpo of Nyingje Companions.

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  
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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.

North American Fulong Dharma Centre

Address: 2105-77 Harbour Square   Toronto Ontario M5J 2S2
Tradition: Vajrayana, Buddha Shakyamuni, Tsongkapa - the greatest commentator of Buddhism in history, KonSa Rinpoche, the great Master NengHai, Master Qin Hai and to Master HaiKong.
Affiliation: TWDD Hai Kong
Phone: 416-272-0913
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Kitchener TWDD: Vibeke  Email  
Main Contact: Jemma Fong  Email  
Guelph TWDD: Ryan  Email  
Teacher: Wen Tang  
Spiritual Director: Master Shi Hai Kong (from China)  Email  
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The North American Fulong Dharma Centre is committed in providing ongoing support and guidance to all individuals in hopes to reducing life’s pain and suffering through meditation and Dharma practice.

TWDD meditation originated in Tibetan Buddhist Meditation / Yoga practice. After a process of reforms, a series of public teachings has been developed by Master Hai Kong and has made available to the general public for the first time in history. TWDD represents a powerful tool to unfold our inner peace and to develop true happiness.

During each meditation session, we will give about half hour on-going teaching on " the three principle aspects of the path of true happiness" - a fundamental study set forth for successful meditation practices. Also we will do half hour standing meditation, 45 minutes of sitting meditation, as well as a short QA session.

The essence of TWDD meditation is to preoccupy one’s body, mind and speech with (holding) Mudra, (visualizing) Guru and (speaking) Mantra. In just a matter of 2 hours/per day in up to 7 days, all practitioners will be able to establish the connection to their own Dharma Nature, thereby generating the confidence to continue on the journey of spiritual development.

Learn TWDD meditation a powerful tool to unfold your inner peace and to develop true happiness. TWDD meditation originated in Tibetan Buddhist Meditation / Yoga practice. Practice sessions in Toronto, Kitchener, Guelph, Ontario Canada

Ottawa Shambhala Meditation Centre

Address: 984 Wellington Street West  Ottawa Ontario K1Y 2X8
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan (Kagyü and Nyingma) and Shambhala lineage
Affiliation: Shambhala International (
Phone: (613) 725-9321
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Founder: Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche  
Spiritual Director: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche  
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The Ottawa Shambhala Meditation Centre offers meditation instruction, practice, and study in the path of Shambhala Buddhism.

Our approach combines the traditional teachings of the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism with the Shambhala view of living an uplifted life, fully engaged with the world.

We offer free meditation instruction on Tuesdays at 7pm.

Group meditation practice takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Introductory Meditation classes take place on Tuesdays, and we also offer regular weekend programs on Buddhism, meditation, Shambhala Training and Contemplative arts.

Ottawa Theravada Buddhist Vihara And Cultural Centre

Address: 2878,Navan Road,   Ottawa Ontario K1C7G4
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: +1-613-424-4482
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Spiritual Director: Ven. Kekanadure Hemalankara Thero  Email  (Phone: +1-613-424-4482)
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Promote the teachings of the Lord Gauthama Buddha for the spiritual development of all members, their families and children and others in accordance with Buddhist Religious principals and the Buddhist way of life.

Promote the establishment of a humanitarian society by instilling into the members the noble ideals of peace and tolerance, gentleness, kindliness and hospitality, respect for the elders and the individual, love of nature, belief in the fundamental spiritual quality of all human beings, the care for the sick and the weary, the pursuit of the good and the practice of compassion toward all that live and breathe through the study of the teachings of the Buddha.

Establish Religious Schools, Montessori Schools, Adult Education Centers and Libraries thus creating an environment that would be conducive to the development of the moral character; of the mem bers of the corporation and others in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha.

To provide basic skills that would be necessary to train the youth, members and their families to obtain employment; or engage in self employment.

Help the destitute.Promote concord amongst all communities.

To promote the protection and preservation of the natural environment and the wild life.

To promote a drug free society

To make aware of the merits and demerits of vegetarian dietary practices through Buddhist religious perspectives.

Peaceful Garden Meditation Group

Address: Westport Library, 3 Spring Street   Westport Ontario K0G 1X0
Tradition: Vajrayana, Student of Geshe Khenrab Gajam Tibetan
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Spiritual Director: Larry Reside  Email  
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Teachings in Stages of the Path (LAM RIM), Calm-Awareness Meditation, Death, Dying and the 5 Buddha Wisdoms in a relaxed and inter-active atmosphere.

Pine Gate Mindfulness Community

Address: 1252 Rideout Crescent   Ottawa Ontario K2C 2X7
Tradition: Mahayana, Lin Ji Zen
Affiliation: Thich Nhat Hanh
Phone: 613 726 0881
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Spiritual Director: Ian Prattis  Email  (Phone: 613 726 0881)
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At Pine Gate the resident teacher is Ian Prattis - True Body of Wisdom.  Ian is a poet, scholar, peace and environmental activist.  He encourages people to find their true nature so that humanity and the world may be renewed.  He has trained with masters in Buddhist, Vedic and Shamanic traditions and maintains that:

“Our engagement with society and the environment rests on our quality of being. When that quality is rooted in stillness there is a different ground for subsequent actions and so events take a different course. We simply go home to our true nature. We are very active in this way and bring harmony to those we interact with. The most significant interaction is with our true nature. To connect to its boundless quality in daily life, and then to connect to others and the world in the same way is surely the ticket to ride!” 

There are regular meetings for meditation and study every Thursday evening from 7.00pm – 9.00pm.  The first Saturday of every month has a Mindfulness Gathering from 5.00pm – 8.00pm for dharma and a mindful meal. Duong Sinh - Bamboo Stick Qi-gong classes, known as the Life Sustaining Way of the Heart, are offered in addition to regular qi-gong classes throughout the year. Potluck vegetarian suppers, Hikes, Sweat Lodges, Pilgrimages, Days of Mindfulness, and Meditation Retreats are organized on a regular basis.  There are three seasons at Pine Gate – Fall Study Session from September to December: Winter Study Session from January to May; Lazy Days of Summer Session from July to August.


In Ottawa, take Queensway to Woodroffe South exit; go to Baseline Rd; RT on Baseline; RT on Highgate (2nd lights) RT on Westbury; LT on Rideout and follow the Crescent round to 1252, which is always lit up with Christmas lights in the winter and full of flowers in the summer.  Tel: 613 726 0881 Contacts ;

Red Maple Sangha

Address: 9 Byers Road  Renfrew Ontario K7V 3Z6
Tradition: Mahayana, Home sangha for Tendai Canada
Affiliation: Tendai International
Phone: 1-613-433-9405
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Teacher: Rev. Innen Parchelo  
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Regular dharma practice (meditation, walking, chanting) every Saturday. Community gathering on 3rd Saturdays. Occasional retreats and workshops.

Our style is Mahayanist, with special focus on Tendai, as taught by Paul Monshin Naamon of the Tendai Buddhist Institute.

Riwoche Tibetan Buddhist Temple

Address: 28 Heintzman Street.   Toronto Ontario M6P 2J6
Tradition: Vajrayana, Taklung Kagyu, Nyingma
Phone: (416) 766-7964
Website: http;//
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Teacher: Khenpo Sonam Tobgyal Rinpoche  
Spiritual Director: Khenpo Sonam Tobgyal Rinpoche  
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Medicine Buddha Meditation

Tuesday Evenings 7:30 p.m.

Stimulates the benefit of natural healing influences for
the health and well-being of oneself and others, especially
those suffering from physical and mental afflictions.

Tranquility Meditation

Thursday Evenings 8:00 p.m.

Cultivates mindfulness and awareness in a simple practice
which allows the busyness and speed of habitual mind to subside
so that intrinsic peace and clarity may manifest naturally.

Green Tara Meditation

Saturday and Sunday Mornings 9 a.m.
Invokes the feminine aspects of enlightened wisdom in the form
of Green Tara and nurtures the development of compassion.

Shield Sangha

Address:   North Bay Ontario P1B 5G3
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
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Main Contact: Tim Robertson  Email  (Phone: 705-497-1227)
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Shield Sangha has been described as the one room schoolhouse of Buddhism because the group includes both people new to Buddhism and longtime meditators. To be notified of our activities, join the Sangha List on our home page.

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