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

Monday Morning Lightly Guided Meditation - 7:30 am

October 26th—December 21st

Begin each week with an early 7:30am Monday morning meditation session at the Shambhala centre. Continue »

Monday Morning Lightly Guided Meditation - 8:30 am

October 26th—December 21st

Begin each week with an early 8:30am Monday morning meditation session at the Shambhala centre. Continue »

Shambhala Household

with Kristine McCutcheon & Donald Beamish

December 2nd

Join us on this Wednesday evening at 8:15pm for a talk and discussion about the practice of the Shambhala householder. Continue »

The Essential Heart of Kasungship II

with Toby Sifton

December 4th—December 6th

The Essential Heart of Kasungship is a series of training programs for Kasung. The intent is to bring us together in the context of Kasung Shambhala teachings, to deepen and sharpen our understanding of Kasungship and sense of camaraderie on the path. Continue »

Membership: What is it all about?

December 9th

Join us at 8:15pm on this Wednesday evening for a short talk and discussion about membership in the Shambhala Meditation Centre. Everyone welcome! 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