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

Sadhana of Mahamudra

with Harald Dienes

April 26th—June 23rd

The Sadhana of Mahamudra is one of the principal hidden treasure texts revealed by Trungpa Rinpoche that invokes the blessings of our lineage to overcome the spiritual materialism of our times Continue »

Looking and Seeing: Introduction to Contemplative Photography

with John McQuade

April 29th—April 30th

When eye and mind are in the same place you see clearly and your images are vivid. A weekend workshop that introduces the Miksang contemplative photography practice. Continue »

Shambhala Sings: The Songs of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

May 3rd

Join us for an evening of community singing as we share the songs of Shambhala. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

May 6th—December 2nd

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

Creating Enlightened Society

May 6th

Is enlightened society possible? Join us on the first Saturday of every month to discuss this question. Continue »

Recent News – Our Blog

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    Spark wisdom this spring

    In early August 2011 I spent a week in Halifax at a retreat called “Being Brave: Transforming Your World.” I remember seeing ads for the retreat on the sides of city buses. Shambhala in Halifax was as big in the bus ad world as musicals are in Toronto! The teachers were Sakyong Mipham, Pema Chödrön, … Continue 

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    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