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

Reading Circle: Shambhala - Sacred Path of the Warrior

January 18th—February 15th

Join us on all or any of these Wednesday evenings for a reading circle on the classic book by Chogyam Trungpa, Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior. Everyone welcome Continue »

Monet, Impressionism, and Contemplative Experience

with John McQuade

January 21st

A workshop on ordinary magic and everyday life which includes a viewing of the Mystical Landscapes exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Continue »

Bravery: The Living Buddha Within You

January 24th—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 »

Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

January 27th—January 29th

The contentment, joy, fearlessness, and wisdom explored in the Way of Shambhala culminates in unconditional confidence. Prerequisites apply. Continue »

Proclaiming Humanity's Goodness: Shambhala Meditation

February 3rd—February 5th

Join us at the Toronto Shambhala Centre for this online event with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche live from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Open to all. 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