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—December 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 »

Online - Comfortable with Uncertainty - Pema Chödron Reading Circle

April 8th—November 4th

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

The Magical Practice of Meeting our Lives

with Ellen Mains

September 26th

Join Ellen Korman Mains for a Saturday morning talk and discussion of the Shambhala teachings that inspired her to explore her family’s Holocaust history. Everyone welcome. Continue »

Looking and Seeing: Introduction to Contemplative Photography - Online

with John McQuade

September 28th—October 12th

Join us for these three Monday evenings for an online introduction to the practice of contemplative photography. Everyone welcome. Continue »

Learn to Meditate - Online

with Donald Eckler

October 3rd

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

Recent News – Our Blog

  • New Millennial Practice Group Starting

    For many of us, our curiosity with meditation and spirituality was sparked by suffering. We seek an ability to manage the craziness of our minds so that our minds work for us, instead of against us. Western psychiatric medicine and self-help have adopted mindfulness as a go-to intervention for a host of conditions, mental and … Continue 

  • Celebration – Sheree Rasmussen at the Shambhala Centre Gallery

    The Toronto Shambhala Centre Community Art Gallery is presently showing “Celebration,” the works of textile artist Sheree Rasmussen. Her beautiful hangings are evocative of the great modernists Chagall, Klimt, Miro, and Basquiat, as well as the folk patterns of the Balkans and Middle East. In Sheree’s own words: “As I layer the fabric pieces, cut … Continue