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

Introduction to the Workshop: Awaken and Express Your Creativity!

with Carole Gauvin

May 25th—June 21st

Join us on Wednesday evening May 25 or on Tuesday evening June 21 for a short presentation and discussion with Carole Gauvin on the workshop she will be leading this fall on creativity development: Awaken and Express Your Creativity! Continue »

Bravery: The Living Buddha Within You

with Frank Berliner

May 27th—May 29th

Based on Frank Berliner's book with the same name, this weekend will be an in-depth exploration of meditation as a timeless skillful means for developing bravery and gentleness in dealing with the endless challenges of life. Continue »

Wisdom in Everyday Life: Monday Evenings

with John McQuade

May 30th—June 27th

The final weeknight course in the Way of Shambhala series. This course looks at the qualities of a master warrior whose vastness of mind and skills in enriching the world are fully manifested. Prerequisites apply Continue »

Book Night: Sakyong Mipham's Ruling Your World

June 1st—June 29th

Join us on Wednesday evenings for this five-week book night as we read and discuss Sakyong Mipham's Ruling Your World. Everyone welcome for all or any of these evenings. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

June 4th

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