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.

We aspire to create a welcoming, supportive, transparent and inclusive environment for everyone who comes through our doors. We invite all participants to read our Care and Conduct Statement prior to your visit.


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 →

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

Shambhala Toronto Community Meeting - In person with a hybrid option

January 14th—December 8th

Sunday, July 21st - Tea and cookie social 2-2:30 followed by meditation and a community meeting to share what’s happening at the Centre as we work together to revitalize our programming and practice community-based governance. Continue »

Miksang Metropolis Perceived (Online)

with John McQuade

July 14th—September 15th

Many of us live in urban environments. This exploration engages the urban scene as a lived world phenomenal expression. It is a wild mash up of different perceptual modalities and different levels of perception. This course is contemplative, practical, Continue »

Learn to Meditate - First Saturday of Every Month (In Person)

with Donald Eckler

August 3rd

If you are new to meditation, you are invited to join us in a gentle introduction to this profound practice. If you already practice meditation, this is an opportunity to join with others and spend some time strengthening your practice. Continue »

Awakening Your Five Wisdom Energies (In Person)

with John McQuade

August 17th—August 18th

The postures of this traditional Vajrayana Buddhist teaching evoke the energies and experience of our innate wisdom, which we will express through various spontaneous simple Dharma art practices. Continue »

Gentleness is the Best Whip - A Two to Five-Day Summer Retreat at the Shambhala Centre (In Person)

with Donald Eckler

August 24th—August 28th

This two to five day retreat is an in-depth meditation retreat. It is a powerful introduction to and deepening of mindfulness-awareness meditation -- a technique that transforms how we relate to ourselves and everyday life. Continue »

Recent News – Our Blog

  • Meet Charlotte – One of Our New Practice Instructors!

    Like many of us, Charlotte first discovered Shambhala after being handed a Pema Chodron text. She then received her original instruction and classwork at centres in her home state of Wisconsin, where she taught cooking and gardening to kids and worked for better food in schools and hospitals. She joined the Toronto Shambhala sangha when … Continue 

  • Say Hello to Our New Practice Instructors

    To meet our need for more educators at the Centre, we’ve held a program to train Practice Instructors that are able to show newcomers how to do Shamatha – also known as mindfulness – meditation. We’re please to announce that, as a result of this program, we have three new Practice Instructors at the Centre! … Continue