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

When Things Fall Apart - Reading Class

April 1st—May 13th

Join us for any or all of these Wednesday evening reading classes on Pema Chodron's classic book, When Things Fall Apart. Continue »

Grief and the Warrior

April 29th

Join us on this Wednesday evening at 8:15pm for a talk and discussion of grief and the path of the Shambhala warrior. Continue »

Determining Who You Want to Be at Work

with Lodro Rinzler

May 1st

How can we cultivate the qualities we want to see in the work through this potent training ground of our workplace environment? Join Shambhala Buddhist teacher Lodro Rinzler for a discussion of Buddhism and how our meditation practice can directly affect Continue »

The Buddha Walks into a Bar: A Guide to Life for a New Generation

with Lodro Rinzler

May 2nd

Would you describe yourself as spiritual but not religious? Disillusioned by the state of the world? Are you sick of your job (and just started last Tuesday)? Do you like drinking beer and going on dates and hate being preached at? Join 32-year-old Shambh Continue »

YOUTH Shambhala Training, Level 1, The Art of Being Human

with Lodro Rinzler

May 2nd—May 3rd

A Shambhala Training Level I for youth aged 13-18. Meditation sharpens our intelligence and uncovers our wisdom. Meditation is also a way to make friends with yourself. Find out how (and make friends along the way)! 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