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

Mamo Chants

February 1st—February 7th

The Dön Season Practice Intensive marks the end of the lunar year when we simply our life and practice together to prepare for the celebration of a new year; please join us if you have established a regular meditation practice Continue »

Sunday Morning Meditation

February 7th

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

Cleaning the Centre

February 8th

Join in to clean up the centre for Shambhala Day from 5pm to 7pm on this Monday evening. Everyone welcome! Continue »

Shambhala Day, Year of the Fire Monkey

February 9th

You are warmly invited to join us for Shambhala Day, a day of community practice and celebration to mark the new year according to the Tibetan lunar calendar. Continue »

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

February 10th

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

Recent News – Our Blog

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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 

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    Children’s Day Celebration

    In the Shambhala tradition we celebrate Nyida Days four times a year, as they mark the change of a season. These are special days when the whole community gathers at the Shambhala centres, with family and friends, and everyone enjoys the festivities, special celebratory ceremonies, and delicious food. Winter Nyida Day is celebrated on Winter … Continue