” In Buddhism, we gain a type of experiential acquired knowledge that grows in our hearts through what we call ‘practice’. We use the word ‘practice’in Buddhism much more that we use the word ‘belief’ We don’t say to each other: ‘ How’s your belief going?’ Instead, we ask, ‘Hows your practice going?’ Its a different way of learning.”

Ajahn Viradhammo, The Contemplatives Craft



The OBS will be offering five retreats in 2020.

Further details will be posted online on this web page.

Jim Bedard and Randy Baker’s Non-Residential Retreat on March 28th & 29th, 2020 at the Ron Kolbus Community Centre in Britannia Park, Ottawa.

Cancelled, for more information Click Here

Jim Bedard and Randy Baker will not lead the OBS Friday Evening Meeting at Quaker House on March 27th, 2020.


Bhante Rahula’s Residential Retreat on May 31st to June 7th, 2020 at the Galilee Centre in Arnprior ON

The retreat with Bhante Rahula has been cancelled in keeping with government guidelines regarding travel and gatherings.


 Ajahn Punnadhammo’s Two Day On-line Meditation Retreat was held via Zoom

Saturday July 4 & Sunday July 5,  8:45 AM to 3:30 PM



Luang Por Viradhammo On-Line Meditation Retreat –  September 11th to 17th, 2020

For more information  Click Here

Registration will begin on this page for OBS members on Monday August 10th at 8 AM and for non members on Thursday August 14th.

Register Here


If you try to register on or after Monday August 10, and if you cannot see the REGISTER HERE button, please try a different browser (ie Safari instead of Chrome) and/or clear your browser history. If these steps still do not allow you to get to the registration page, please contact retreats@ottawabuddhistsociety.com

Ayya Medhanandi’s Residential Retreat on November 20th to 27th, 2020 at the Galilee Centre in Arnprior ON



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