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 →

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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

Daoist QiGong, Levels 1 & 2

with Sophie Léger

February 13th—February 14th

Learn how to energetically strengthen both body and mind through Qi Gong. Continue »

Meditation in Everyday Life: Sunday Evenings

February 14th—March 13th

Join us for this five-week, Sunday evening course introducing meditation and how we can apply it in our everyday life. Open to all. Continue »

Good Morning Shambhala - Birth of the Warrior, Shambhala Training Level II

with Shastri Jil Amadio

February 16th—March 1st

Join us on three Tuesday mornings and one Sunday for this offering of Birth of the Warrior, Shambhala Training Level Two. Prerequisite: Shambhala Training, Level I. Continue »

Introductory Timekeeper Training

February 16th

Being the timekeeper (or umdze) at open house is a great way to strengthen your practice and support the practice of others Continue »

Milarepa Day

February 21st

An all day community practice that involves reading aloud "The Rain of Wisdom" the songs of realization of our lineage forefathers and mothers; the songs are full of heart advice and good humor, an inspiration for meditators of all practice levels. Continue »

Recent News – Our Blog

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    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 

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    Lodro Rinzler coming to town—asks what kind of person we’d like to be when we grow up?

    Lodro Rinzler’s first book, The Buddha Walks into a Bar . . . (published a couple years ago and written while Rinzler was in his twenties), has sold over 40,000 copies and continues to sell several hundred copies a week. Much of the book’s success is due to Rinzler’s frank and popular advice column that appears in … Continue