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

Reading Circle: When Things Fall Apart

March 7th—June 6th

Join us for any or all of these Wednesday evening reading classes on Pema Chodron's classic book, When Things Fall Apart. Everyone welcome. Continue »

Warrior in the World, Shambhala Training Level III - Tuesday Mornings

with Shastri Jil Amadio

May 8th—May 29th

Join us on these Tuesday mornings for this offering of Warrior in the World. In this program, we begin to engage the world directly and extend the attitude of fearlessness to our day to day activities. Prerequisitie: Level II. Continue »

AbsoluteEye and Modern Art: Contemplative Photography Workshop

with John McQuade

May 8th—June 19th

In this Tuesday evening photography workshop, we connect our everyday perception with the manifestation of brilliant modern art photographic images. Prerequisites apply. Continue »

Joy in Everyday Life: Thursday Evenings

May 10th—June 7th

This five-week, Thursday evening course is the third in the Way of Shambhala series. It introduces practical methods to develop ongoing kindness toward ourselves and others. Everyone welcome. Continue »

A Mindful Society Conference 2018

May 26th—May 27th

Join us at this year's A Mindful Society Conference where several Shambhala members will be presenting workshops on mindfulness-related topics. Continue »

Recent News – Our Blog

  • 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 

  • Seeing and Hearing with the Heart

    It is Saturday, June 10, 7:45 am and I am walking along Bloor Street towards the Shambhala Centre. Someone is walking purposefully towards me. Oh please let them walk past me. I’m in a hurry. I have a talk to give today and I need to practice. “Can you help me? I’m so hungry. I … Continue