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

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 »

The Art of Being Human, Shambhala Training Level 1

with Shastri Jil Amadio

May 17th—June 4th

Join us on three Wednesday mornings and one Sunday morning for this offering of The Art of Being Human, Shambhala Training Level 1. Open to all. Continue »

Reading Circle: Ruling Your World

May 17th—June 21st

Join us on all or any of these Wednesday evenings for a reading circle on Sakyong Mipham's book Ruling Your World. Everyone welcome. Continue »

Bravery: The Living Buddha Within You

May 23rd—June 27th

A Tuesday evening reading and discussion of a chapter in Frank Berliner's most recent book, Bravery: The Living Buddha Within You. Everyone welcome. Continue »

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training Weekend III

with Heather Alinsangan

May 26th—May 28th

In this program, we begin to engage the world directly and extend the attitude of fearlessness to our day to day activities. Prerequisites apply. Continue »

Recent News – Our Blog

  • 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 

  • 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