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

Meditation in Everyday Life: Monday Evenings

with John McQuade

July 4th—August 8th

Join us for this five-week, Monday evening course introducing meditation and how we can apply it in our everyday life. Everyone welcome. Continue »

Joy in Everyday Life: Sunday Evenings

July 10th—August 7th

This five-week, Sunday evening course is the third in the Way of Shambhala series. It introduces practical methods to develop ongoing kindness toward ourselves and others. Everyone Welcome. Open to all. Continue »

Death Café

July 27th—August 24th

Come join us on these two Wednesday evenings as we host our first Death Cafés, and join the thousands of other groups and individuals who are hosting these events throughout the world. Continue »

Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as a Direct Path of Awakening

with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

July 29th—July 30th

This weekend retreat offers wise and pointed teachings for helping us to look at fear with immediacy and courage, and to engage with it as a path to transform ourselves—and the world. Walking this path, we learn to cultivate fearlessness and to connect Continue »

Learn to Meditate

August 6th - Date postponed or cancelled

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

  • Chris-Leanne

    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