Where to start

Where to start


New to meditation?

It’s really as simple as listening to instructions and trying not to follow your distractions. It does take a practice! All our classes include guided meditations and there are two classes in particular that focus on meditation specifically:

Day-time Guided Meditations on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Thursday evening Guided Meditations


There are also special introductory classes so please check our calendar for specifics.


TransformYourLife_3x3New to Buddhism?

All our classes are based on Buddhist teachings taken from books by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. The teachings are presented in a modern, accessible format and are intended to help us in our daily lives in very practical ways. Everyone can benefit from the precious advice provided in these classes regardless of cultural or religious background. Here are the various options we offer for people interested in learning about meditation and Buddhism:

Tuesday evening General Program class
Wednesday evening General Program class
Thursday evening General Program class
Sunday morning Prayers for World Peace


Study_3x3Interested in committing to more detailed study?

Joyful Land offers two study programs that comprise the careful and methodical study of specific books written by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. These are the:

Foundation Program
Teacher Training Program



MeditatorShrine_3x3What does a class look like?

Classes start with a brief breathing meditation in order to calm the mind to help make the transition from a busy day to listening to profound inspiring thoughts that can truly make a difference in your life.

This is followed by a teaching that varies according to the class. Classes finish with a meditation and, when time allows, with a period for questions and answers.

After class, the teacher is usually available to answer specific questions. At the main Centre, students are invited to browse around the bookshop, enjoy refreshments and discuss informally with other students.



General Program classes are $10.00. You can also purchase a Series card which is $30.00 for 4 classes.

The Foundation Program is a monthly cost of $60.00.

And the cost of the Teacher Training Program is $80.00/month.

For the General Program if you join our activities regularly it might be beneficial to purchase a Joyful Land Monthly Card for $45.00. This card gives you access for the entire month to:

Unlimited drop-in classes
Half day courses
Retreats held at the Centre

Empowerments and outside retreats are not included with the Monthly Card.

Contact us

Joyful Land Buddhist Centre
879 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 6R6

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