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)

Registration Opens: Jim and Randy’s Non Residential Retreat
Feb 5 @ 12:00 pm – Feb 22 @ 1:00 pm

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For Manual Registration form to MAIL to Retreat Registrar Click here(PDF) or Click here(Word)

RESCHEDULED Day of Mindfulness – February 24th, 2018 @ Tu-An Pagoda (Vietnamese Buddhist Temple)
Feb 24 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

** Dear OBS Members and Friends **

Due to the celebrations of the Chinese New Year this Saturday at the Tu-An Pagoda, the OBS was asked to reschedule the Day of Mindfulness to NEXT Saturday February 24th.

Please join us then at the Pagoda on Albion Road for a day of silent meditation and dhamma talks. Watch the OBS Calendar for news of who will be leading the day long program on February 24th.

Soup Kitchen – Feb 25th 2018
Feb 25 @ 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 Andre Vellino – March 2, 2018 @ Quaker House
Mar 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Andre has been a member and past President of the Ottawa Buddhist Society and practiced with many Theravada monastics and lay teachers. Since 2002 he has been a member of the Order of Interbeing and received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh in 2014. He leads meditation classes at the University of Ottawa Continuing Education Program and Andre is also a co-founder of the University of Ottawa’s Academy for Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies.

The Monks and Nuns will be on winter retreat from January 1, 2017 until the end of March 2017. The regular Friday Evening Meetings at Quaker House will continue with tonight’s lay practitioner Andre Vellino.

Friday Evening Meeting with Jim Bedard and Randy Baker, March 9th, 2018 @ Quaker House
Mar 9 @ 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.