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.

We aspire to create a welcoming, supportive, transparent and inclusive environment for everyone who comes through our doors. We invite all participants to read our Care and Conduct Statement prior to your visit.

 

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

COVID-19 - Update on Shambhala Centre Closure

January 1st—March 31st

To help with public health efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Shambhala Centre will be closed until further notice. Meanwhile, join us for ongoing online programs and events. Continue »

Learn to Meditate - Online

with Donald Eckler

October 3rd—December 4th

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

Comfortable with Uncertainty - Pema Chödron Reading Circle

November 11th—May 26th

Join us on all or any of these Wednesday evenings at 7:45pm for a reading circle on "Comfortable With Uncertainty," by Pema Chödron. Everyone welcome. Continue »

Being Contemplative: Ordinary Magic Liberation - Saturdays

with John McQuade

January 9th—February 6th

Join us for this online course exploring Haiku and the contemplative arts as a way of liberation. Runs five consecutive Saturdays. THIS CLASS IS FULL Continue »

Being Contemplative: Ordinary Magic Liberation - Mondays

with John McQuade

January 11th—February 8th

Join us for this online course exploring Haiku and the contemplative arts as a way of liberation. Runs for five consecutive Monday evenings. Continue »

Recent News – Our Blog

  • Children’s Day – Art Showcase

    In the Shambhala tradition we celebrate Nyida Days four times a year, marking the change of a season. These are special days when the whole community gathers together with family and friends, and everyone enjoys the festivities, special celebratory ceremonies, and delicious food. Winter Nyida Day is celebrated on Winter Solstice, the shortest day of … Continue 

  • Harvest of Peace

    On Saturday September 19, we held a Harvest of Peace gathering for the Toronto Shambala sangha. There was considerable hesitation about having a live, in-person event; but in the end we decided we wanted to provide an opportunity for friends to get together and enjoy the nurturing of community, while at the same time making … Continue