Friday Evening Meetings


April 2023: The OBS is returning to in-person events but will continue to provide the means to join events online for those living far away or unable to attend in-person for other reasons.

For information go to: Activities – Events Program


Talks & Meditations with Luang Por Viradhammo or Ayya Medhanandi

Two Friday evenings per month, members and friends of the Ottawa Buddhist Society have the opportunity to share in the teachings of the Buddha, often with Ayya Medhanandi or LP Viradhammo. The In-Person location is 91A Fourth Avenue in the Glebe, just east of Bank Street.

From January to March of the year when the monks and nuns near Perth are in silent winter retreat, the OBS invites other dedicated and skilled lay teachers and monks living in the city to share their perspectives on the Buddha dhamma.


The sessions usually begin with a period of guided meditation, followed by a Dhamma talk and period of questions and answers led by the evening’s teacher. There is no requirement to be a Buddhist or a member of the Ottawa Buddhist Society to attend these sessions.

As there are no cushions or mats in the meditation hall, we ask that you bring these items with you. Chairs are provided for those who wish to use them.

There is no fixed charge for attending a Friday Evening Meeting.  Charitable donations are gratefully accepted and go to support the teacher and to support this and similar OBS events.

Please note that the capacity of the Meeting room is 40 persons due to fire restriction. We will not be able to admit extra people once the 40 person capacity is reached. Attendance is on a first come first serve basis and please kindly do not make reservation of seats for others who might come later. The Meeting Room will open at 7:00 pm.

For ongoing information on Friday In-Person Evening meditations, please bookmark this page.

Location: 91A Fourth Avenue, near Bank Street
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Some information that we have regarding events at Landsdowne Park that may affect our Friday evening meditation sessions.
There are no Redblack games scheduled on a Friday evening this year.
There are no 67’s games scheduled this side of September on a Friday evening. The fall/winter schedule for 2020 is not available yet.
Ottawa has a new soccer team that will be playing at Landsdowne Park possibly starting at the end of April 2020 but the schedule is not out yet. We will let you know if any of the games are scheduled for a Friday evening.
There are no other events scheduled for Landsdowne Park on a Friday evening yet.



LP Viradhammo

LP Viradhammo is the senior abbot of Tissarana 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. ...more..

Ayya Medhanandi

Ayya Medhanandi (1949- ) is the founder and guiding teacher of Sati Saraniya Hermitage, a Theravada forest monastery for women....more..

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