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

Contentment in Everyday Life: Thursday Evenings

February 8th—March 8th

In this five-week, Thursday evening course, we deepen our meditation experience through the cultivation of contentment and simplicity. Open to all. Continue »

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training, Level I - Tuesday mornings

with Shastri Jil Amadio

February 20th—March 6th

Offered on Tuesday mornings: the Art of Being Human is the first in the series of Shambhala Training retreats and the first program in the Way of Shambhala curriculum. Continue »

Be Fearless About Fear - A Wednesday evening talk

with Shastri Jil Amadio

February 21st

Join us on this Wednesday evening at 8:15 pm for a talk and discussion about fear and fearlessness, led by Shastri Jil Amadio. Everyone welcome. Continue »

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training, Level II - Weekend Retreat

with Victoria Hagens

February 24th—February 25th

In this weekend program, we look at how to recognize the habitual patterns that prevent us opening to the experience of basic goodness. Prerequisite: The Art of Being Human Continue »

"The In-Between State" by Pema Chodron

February 28th

Join us on this Wednesday evening at 8:15pm for a discussion of Pema Chodron's essay "The In-Between State." Everyone welcome. Continue »

Recent News – Our Blog

  • Absence and the Experience: Paintings by Jordan Dunlop

    The Toronto Shambhala Meditation Centre Gallery is proud to present Jordan Dunlop’s exhibition Absence and the Experience. Absence and the Experience explores shifting states of identity and what Buddhism examines as the “self ” through an active meditation and painting practice. Here is what Jordan has to say about this specific body of work: Developing … Continue 

  • We Need to Talk!

    A couple weeks ago I was cleaning my office and listening to CBC’s Q. Tom Power was interviewing comedian and podcaster Marc Maron on what makes up a good interview. I wasn’t familiar with Maron but when he spoke about the depth of observations and connection that can arise in a conversation, he had my … Continue