Latest Events

Below is a list of upcoming events. All are welcome. Click this link to download a copy of the 2016 OBS Schedule> Quaker&DOM_2016 (revised May 30)

Soup Kitchen – Feb 24th 2019
Feb 24 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

OBS Soup Kitchen Shepherds of Good Hope

This is a community event where a volunteer team of members and friends, wishing to donate their time and food preparation skills, are welcome to join in. The OBS helps prepare and serve the Sunday lunch time meal to clients at the Shepherds from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. Please contact Ann Waters

Friday Evening Meeting with Catherine Collobert- March 1, 2019 @ Quaker House
Mar 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Catherine Collobert will lead the meditation and dhamma teaching on Friday Evening 7:30 pm at Quaker House.


The Monks and Nuns will be on winter retreat from January 1, 2019 until the end of March 2019.

Friday Evening Meeting with Jim Bedard and Randy Baker – March 22, 2019 @ Quaker House
Mar 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

In his early twenties, Jim’s spiritual angst led him to the experiential practice of meditation: Christian meditation, Transcendental Meditation (TM), and then Zen Buddhist meditation.

In 1980 Jim began practicing Zen meditation and soon after became a student of Roshi Philip Kapleau of the Rochester Zen Center. After completing his formal training in Zen, Jim began practicing with senior Vipassana teachers in the Theravada Buddhist tradition.

Today, Jim offers a balanced, direct approach to practices that point directly to the heart of the teachings. He teaches Insight Meditation at Satipañña Insight Meditation Toronto.

Jim has written two books: Lotus in the Fire and Old Pond: The Teachings of the Elders.


Jim Bedard


Randy Baker ~ Satipanna Toronto


Randy Baker began practicing Zen meditation in 1977 as a student of Roshi Philip Kapleau. His Zen training included 10 years on staff at the Rochester Zen Center. After practicing Zen for 20 years, Randy took up the practice of Vipassana. He has since worked with a number of well known Western Vipassana teachers.

No Day of Mindfulness on March 23, 2019
Mar 23 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Jim Bedard and Randy Baker Non-Residential Retreat March 23 – 24, 2019
Mar 23 @ 8:45 am – Mar 24 @ 3:15 pm

JIm Bedard

Randy Baker ~ Satipanna Toronto

Friday Evening Meeting with LP Viradhammo – April 5, 2019 @ Quaker House
Apr 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm


AjahnViradhammoThe leader for this Buddhist meditation and dhamma talk will be Luang Por Viradhammo.

Luang Por Viradhammo is the senior abbot of Tisarana monastery, located in Perth, Ontario, which he founded in 2005. He has been the principal spiritual guide for the Ottawa Buddhist Society for the past 10 years.