Photo of the Meditation room at Astanga Yoga Ottawa

About our meditation center

The Chittamani Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Center based at AYO offers classes in Vipassana Meditation (also known as Insight Meditation), as well as special meditation nights with specific topics. These classes are given by Dr Bob Kapitany, (Lama Gelek) who is the resident teacher for the centre.

The Centre is a Gaden for the West meditation centre under the spiritual direction of the Venerable Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche.  As well as Dharma classes, the Centre offers the opportunity for meditation retreats throughout the year.




Weekly classes

AYO and the Chittamani Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Center are offering a series of meditations for World Health and World Peace on Thursday nights from 8-9:30 pm, led by Dr Bob Kapitany, Resident Lama of the Chittamani Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Centre.

If you want to attend, please email first, so we can determine numbers:



Attendance at the weekly teachings is a requirement to prepare students for retreat. The Chittamani Centre offers retreat opportunities at least four times a year. Please see: