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

Open Sky: Shambhala Training Level V - Weekend Retreat

with Shastri Tom Bell

December 9th—December 11th

Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open clear sky of mind a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. Prerequisites apply. Continue »

Bravery: The Living Buddha Within You

December 13th

Tuesday evening reading and discussion of a chapter in Frank Berliner's most recent book, Bravery: The Living Buddha Within You, starting at 8:15pm. You need not own the book nor have read the chapter to attend. Continue »

An Uncommon King - A feature documentary on the life of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

December 14th

A feature documentary film on the life story of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche - the spiritual leader of Shambhala. Continue »

The Awesome Mind: A video talk by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

December 21st

Join us on this Wednesday at 8:15pm to watch and discuss Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's talk from the video, The Awesome Mind: Meditation and the Shambhala Path Continue »

Shambhala Meditation Weekthun

with Shastri Tom Bell

December 27th—January 2nd (2017)

This week-long in-house meditation retreat is an opportunity for all participants to develop and deepen their meditation practice. This program will be lead by senior Shambhala teacher Shastri Tom Bell. 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