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

Dön Season Intensive

February 16th—February 25th

During the Dön season, the Shambhala community comes together in reciting the mamo chants to rouse our confidence and dignity to pacify potential upheavals in ourselves and others. Continue »

Shambhala Day: Welcome the Year of the Fire Bird - Daytime Event

February 27th

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 »

Shambhala Day: Welcome the Year of the Fire Bird - Evening Event

February 27th

You are warmly invited to join us for a Shambhala Sadhana Feast to celebrate the year of the Fire Bird. Everyone welcome. Continue »

Bravery: The Living Buddha Within You

February 28th—June 27th

A Tuesday evening reading and discussion of a chapter in Frank Berliner's most recent book, Bravery: The Living Buddha Within You. Everyone welcome. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

March 4th—December 2nd

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

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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