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

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training Level III - Weekend Retreat

with John McQuade

October 21st—October 23rd

In this program, we begin to engage the world directly and extend the attitude of fearlessness to our day to day activities. Prerequisite: Level II. Continue »

Bravery: The Living Buddha Within You

October 25th

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 »

When Things Fall Apart - Reading Circle

October 26th—November 23rd

Join us for any or all of these Wednesday evening reading classes on Pema Chodron's classic book, When Things Fall Apart. Continue »

Loving Oneself and Others: The Practice of Tonglen

with Donald Eckler

October 29th

A Saturday morning introduction to tonglen - a meditation practice for developing love and compassion, as taught by Chogyam Trungpa and Pema Chodron. Continue »

Shambhala Guide Training

with Shastri Jil Amadio & Shastri Debbie McCubbin

November 3rd—November 6th

In addition to giving initial instruction, a Shambhala Guide is a resource, friend, and host to newcomers within the context of Shambhala Centre educational programs and events. 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