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

Joy in Everyday Life: Sunday Evenings

with Donald Eckler & Kelly Murphy

January 6th—February 3rd

This five-week, Sunday 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 »

Reading Circle: Chögyam Trungpa's Smile at Fear

with Donald Eckler

January 9th—February 6th

Join us on all or any of these Wednesday evenings as we read and discuss Chögyam Trungpa's classic book, Smile at Fear. Everyone welcome. Continue »

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

with Shastri Jil Amadio

January 10th—February 7th

This weekly class will explore awareness and compassion from the vantage point of "who am I?" focusing on the sense of self. It includes teachings on basic goodness, the arising of ego, and more. Open to all. Continue »

Community Meeting: Leadership at the Shambhala Centre

January 20th

Join us for a community meeting about leadership and the current search for a Centre Director. Continue »

Who Are the Mamos and the Question of Reality

with Harald Dienes

January 21st

Join us for the Monday evening talk on the symbolism of the mamos and the protector principle. Everyone is 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