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

Meditation in Everyday Life: Thursday Evenings

November 23rd—December 21st

Join us for this five-week, Thursday evening course introducing meditation and how we can apply it in our everyday life. Everyone welcome. Continue »

Reading Circle: The Lost Art of Good Conversation

November 29th—December 20th

Join us on all or any of these Wednesday evenings for a reading circle on Sakyong Mipham's new book, The Lost Art of Good Convrsation. Everyone welcome Continue »

The Sadhana of Mahamudra

with Harald Dienes

December 17th

A group practice that protects Shambhala warriors from the pitfalls of spiritual materialism Continue »

Gentleness is the Best Whip - Weekthun

with Donald Eckler

December 27th—January 2nd (2018)

Join us for this seven-day, city retreat at the Shambhala Meditation Centre Continue »

Gentleness is the Best Whip - Two-Day Retreat

with Donald Eckler

December 27th—December 28th

Join us for this two-day, city retreat at the Shambhala Meditation Centre -- part of the seven-day weekthun. Open to everyone. 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