Calgary & Area Sitting Groups

2019 Dharma Study Group

The Satipatthana Sutta, or the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, is one of the Buddha’s most rich and detailed sets of meditation instructions. Its purpose is to show us how to contemplate in order to open to Nirvana – liberation from the world of ignorance, attachment and suffering.

Through his book, Satipatthana Meditation: A Practice Guide, Bikkhu Analayo will be our guide as we explore the practices and perspectives laid out in the sutta. The course, for experienced meditators, consists of twice monthly group meetings for meditation, Dharma talks, discussion, and small group activities. (And social time, laughter and fun!) Each month there will also be a homework assignment including readings from Analayo’s book and other sources, recorded Dharma talks, as well as meditation and daily life practices to help integrate the teachings into our daily lives. See here for details

Class full, registration is now closed

Bodhi Sangha
Coordinated by Frank Laxshimalla. Inspired by DIY Sangha, by Noah Levine. We are a Theravada Buddhist sangha following in line with the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah.
Meets: Every Sunday - check the website in case of changes
Time: 10 - 11:30 AM
We start with a sitting, followed by a listening to a recorded Dhamma talk by the likes of Ajahn Brahm, Thanissaro Bhikku, Ajahn Sona, Sharon Salzberg, etc. and then have a short discussion after.
Location: 4935 - 20 Ave. NW in Montgomery

Recovery Dharma YYC
We are a peer-led movement and community that is unified by our trust in the potential of each of us to recover and find freedom from the suffering of addiction. We believe that recovery means empowerment, and we support each other as partners walking the path of recovery together.
Meetings: There are a number of meeting types and times. Please see the website for details.
Location: Community Wise Resource Centre, 223 - 12th Ave. SW
Check signs in building for room location.
Cost: A donation is requested, but not required for attendance

(For groups in Canmore and elsewhere in Alberta, see here)

Calgary IMS Drop-in Meditation Group

Why join a meditation group?

Being part of a regular meditation group (or community 'sangha') is one of the best ways to maintain and deepen your practice and connect with a community of friends with interests in exploring meditation and spiritual practices and values. We aim to create a relaxed and supportive space to practice - everyone's welcome!

To receive e-mail reminders, e-mail and ask to be put on our sangha e-mail list.

How does it work?

Drop in! We meet twice per month - the 2nd Thursday and 4th Tuesday of each month - on the 2nd floor of Christ Church Elbow Park (3602 - 8 St. SW Enter the west door, take the stairs or elevator up the hall, on the right. On the 2nd floor, turn right at the end of the hall.) No need to register. Meetings consist of a meditation period, a Dharma talk, time for discussion and Q & A, with a few short (optional) chants at the beginning and end of the meeting. Chairs are available. If you prefer to sit on the floor, bring your meditation cushion or stool and a soft surface to put underneath, as the floor is hard.

Upcoming Dates:
Thursdays: Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov.14, Dec. 12
Tuesdays: Sept. 24, Oct. 22, Nov.26

Thursday group - 7:30 - 8:45 PM: For new meditators as well as more experienced practitioners. Meditation instruction is offered, with shorter meditation periods depending on the experience-level of the evening's participants.

Tuesday group - 7:30 - 8:45 PM: Meditation periods are usually 30 minutes, most often not guided, and Dharma talks may include more advanced topics than the Thursday group, so Tuesdays are more suitable for experienced meditators or newer meditators looking for a challenge.

Cost: Meetings are offered on a 'pay what you can' basis to cover the cost of the facility and to support the teachers, with a suggested amount of $10. No one will be turned away if unable to contribute this amount

Calgary Theravadin Meditation Society
Teacher: Anne Mahoney
Meets: Typically 1st and 3rd Wednesdays each month - check the website for dates in case of changes.
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: #3, 1922 - 9 Ave. SE (in Inglewood)
Cost: By dana (donation) 

Wellness Through Mindfulness
1st Tuesday and 3rd or 4th Thursday of every month - check website to confirm dates
Time: 7:15 - 9:15 PM
Location: Shaganappi Community Association, 2516 - 14 Ave. SW
Cost: no charge
Contact: from website