Photo of the Meditation room at Astanga Yoga Ottawa

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.

About our meditation center

The Chittamani Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Centre is a Gaden for the West meditation centre under the spiritual direction of the Venerable Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche. The Resident Lama is Dr Bob Kapitany (Lama Bob). The Chittamani Center generally offers Dharma classes as well as the opportunity for meditation retreats throughout the year.



Join us on Thursdays from 8pm – 9:30pm for Meditation for World Health and World Peace, led by Resident Lama Dr Bob Kapitany.

Our intention is to continue these Thursday sessions on a weekly basis, weather permitting, through to the spring, and anyone may attend, you do not need any meditation experience.

If you are planning to attend, please write to the email below, so we can determine numbers and let participants know if there are any cancellations due to winter weather.

Please write to:



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: