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

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

October 8th—November 12th - Date cancelled

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 Continue »

The Sadhana of Mahamudra

with Harald Dienes

October 12th—February 22nd (2016)

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

The Wisdom of No Escape - Five week Pema Chodron book course

with Donald Eckler

October 14th—November 11th

Join us on these Wednesday evenings for reading and discussion of Pema Chodron's book, Wisdom of No Escape Continue »

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training, Level I - Weekend program

with Madeline Conacher & Louis Allen

October 16th—October 17th

The Art of Being Human is the first in the series of Shambhala Training weekends and the first program in the Way of Shambhala curriculum. Continue »

Joy in Everyday Life: Tuesday Mornings

October 20th—November 17th

This five-week, Tuesday morning course is the third in the Way of Shambhala series. It introduces practical methods to develop ongoing kindness toward ourselves and others. 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