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 »

The Sadhana of Mahamudra

with Harald Dienes

November 25th—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 »

Daoist QiGong Levels 1 & 2

with Shastri David Stone

November 28th—November 29th

Physically, qigong massages, stretches, and strengthens the body. Energetically, it nourishes the internal organs, gathering and conserving energy. Ultimately, qigong dissolves the duality of mind and body to allow us to live a fully engaged and creative Continue »

Full Moon Shambhala Sadhana Gathering

November 28th

A full moon community sadhana practice followed by food. 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