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.

 

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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

Bravery: The Living Buddha Within You

September 27th

Tuesday evening reading and discussion of a chapter in Frank Berliner's most recent book, Bravery: The Living Buddha Within You, starting at 8:15pm. You need not own the book nor have read the chapter to attend. Continue »

Introductory Timekeeper Training

with Margaret May

September 27th

Being the timekeeper (or umdze) at open house is a great way to strengthen your practice and support the practice of others Continue »

Learn to Meditate

October 1st

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

Sunday Morning Meditation

October 2nd

Join us Sunday morning for a light breakfast and opportunity to deepen your meditation practice. Continue »

Nalanda Miksang Open House

with John McQuade

October 5th—November 2nd

This open house provides a forum for practitioners of Nalanda Miksang Contemplative photography ( www.miksang.org) to present some of their current work. 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 

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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