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.

 

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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

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

April 28th—June 2nd

This weekly class will explore awareness and compassion from the vantage point of who am I?" focusing on the sense of self. It includes teachings on basic goodness, the arising of ego, and more. Open to all. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

April 30th

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

Sunday Morning Meditation

May 1st

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

Going on a Retreat

with Donald Eckler

May 4th

Join us on this Wednesday evening at 8:15pm for a talk and discussion about the purpose and the practicalities of going on a retreat. Everyone welcome. Continue »

Sadhana of Mahamudra

with Harald Dienes

May 6th—June 19th

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is one of the principal hidden treasure texts revealed by Trungpa Rinpoche that invokes the blessings of our lineage to overcome the spiritual materialism of our times 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