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 →

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

Tonglen: Meditation for Love and Compassion

with Donald Eckler

December 16th

Tonglen is a gentle step by step process for opening the heart. This meditation workshop will teach the formal practice of tonglen as well as informal ways to take tonglen into our everyday lives. Continue »

Winter Holiday Retreat - The Cradle of Loving Kindness - Weekthun

with Donald Eckler

December 27th—January 2nd (2019)

SOLD OUT. Come join us for our annual Winter Holiday Retreat. In this seven-day retreat we will explore the Shambhala Principle of basic goodness and how, in the midst of our busy lives, we can create a “Cradle of Loving kindness.” Continue »

Winter Holiday Retreat - The Cradle of Loving Kindness - Two Days

with Donald Eckler

December 27th—December 28th

SOLD OUT. Can't make the seven-day retreat or otherwise prefer a shorter retreat? Join us for this two-day retreat to deepen your mindfulness-awareness meditation -- a technique that transforms how we relate to ourselves and everyday life. Continue »

Learn to Meditate

January 5th (2019)

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

A New Start: How to be of Benefit - Meditation as a path of Social Transformation

with Shastri Jil Amadio

January 6th (2019)

Join us for this Sunday workshop where we will explore how the practice of meditation can help our world. Everyone welcome. Continue »

Recent News – Our Blog

  • Janieta Eyre at the Shambhala Gallery

    Janieta Eyre “… is one of Canada’s most original, provocative, and internationally acclaimed photographers.”  Suzanne Zelazo, in Incarnations   It is with great honour that we are presenting some of Janieta Eyre’s artworks at the Shambhala Meditation Centre of Toronto.  In this small exhibition you will find four images printed on velvet, from the 2018 … Continue 

  • Highlighting Humanity in a Mindful Society

    Several members of the Toronto Shambhala community participated as speakers at the 4th annual A Mindful Society conference this past May. The conference connects professionals in education, healthcare, law, technology, workplace and life with leading thinkers, current research and mindfulness-based programs. It was a rich gathering of several hundred mindfulness practitioners interested in learning on … Continue