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

Comfortable with Uncertainty - Pema Chödron Reading Circle

October 9th—November 20th

Join us on all or any of these Wednesday evenings at 8:15pm for a reading circle on "Comfortable With Uncertainty," by Pema Chödron. Everyone welcome. Continue »

The Four Limitless Ones

November 14th—December 12th

Join us on these Thursday evenings for all or part of this five-week course based on recorded videos of talks on the Four Limitless Ones by Shambhala Acharyas (senior teachers). Everyone welcome. Continue »

Contentment in Everyday Life: Sunday Evenings

November 17th—December 15th

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

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

with Heather Alinsangan

November 23rd—November 24th

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

Why Are We So Hard on Ourselves?

with Shastri Jil Amadio

November 27th

Listening to our internal dialogue we find we are relentlessly self-critical and unforgiving. Through the Buddhist practice of the Four Limitless Ones, we find a way to include ourselves in the circle of care, which changes everything. 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