Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation.

The Shambhala Meditation Centre of Toronto is part of Shambhala, an international community dedicated to recognizing the innate goodness of all and manifesting that goodness in society. People of all traditions come to explore our diverse programs which are designed to help us discover our inherent sanity, gentleness, and humour.



What is Shambhala?

“Shambhala” is the name of a mythical kingdom in Central Asia where the people enjoyed harmony, good health, and well-being.  The basis for such an enlightened society is the people’s confidence and respect for inherent goodness, wisdom, and dignity–in themselves, in each other, and in society. More →

SMCToronto Main Shrine Room 1

Learn to Meditate

Our centre offers a rich array of ongoing offerings free to the public including weekly public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend.  All are welcome. More →

Featured Programs

Meditation and Western Calligraphy

with Donald Eckler

August 27th

In calligraphy, the simple act of putting ink on paper can be a direct way to see our mind--our fear, hesitation, joy, and appreciation. Our state of mind manifests on the page as we move the pen in our hand. SOLD OUT Continue »

LGBTQ Gathering

with Acharya Eric Spiegel & Shambhala Online

August 27th

Acharya Eve Rosenthal and Acharya Eric Spiegel discuss queer dharma in Shambhala and their upcoming retreat at Karme Chöling with host Shelly Webb. Join us for this free, interactive community event. This is the first in a series of live queer dharma eve Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

August 31st

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a group practice that brings together the heart of the mahamudra tradition with the intellect of the ati tradition and provides a glimpse of the Tibetan vajrayana tradition for Shambhala warriors. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

September 3rd

This half-day program introduces beginners, and those wanting a refresher, to the practice of meditation. Continue »

Sunday Morning Meditation

September 4th

Join us Sunday morning for a light breakfast and opportunity to deepen your meditation practice. Continue »

Recent News – Our Blog

  • Fred Cohen will be working on this last phase of renovation.

    Renovations: Next round in August!

    Over the last couple of years we have gradually been working to uplift the Toronto Shambhala Centre. (scroll through the blog for some history). Here’s how Heather Alinsangan, our centre director, described the work: On Tuesday, August 2 we will begin the next phase of much-needed renovations to uplift the room we use for meditation … Continue 

  • Chris-Leanne

    Meditation Instructors: Do you have one?

    Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche describes how important it is to receive personal instruction from teachers. Like many Buddhist teachers, he uses the analogy of learning how to bake bread to describe meditation instruction. As he says in the film  An Uncommon King, you might have your grandmother’s recipe for bread but you’ll never make bread as … Continue