Learn to Meditate

Have you ever wanted to learn to meditate but didn’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place. Meditation is a practice that anyone can do. It is based on the idea that the mind’s natural state is not scattered, nervous, and confused, but rather calm, creative, and clear. Meditating regularly provides a way to settle into this natural state more often.

At the Shambhala Meditation Centre of Toronto, we begin by training in mindfulness meditation (shamatha). This foundational and easy technique allows you to tune into the present moment, at home, at work, or wherever you go in your day-to-day life.

If you’ve never meditated or if you’re looking to refresh your understanding of meditation, come to our free (suggested donation of $10) drop-in Introduction to Meditation class.

This class is a one-hour, basic instruction session taught by a practised Shambhala Meditation Instructor who is also available for individual questions or ongoing meditation support for those looking to form a regular practice.

These sessions are offered every week on Tuesday evenings at 7:00-8:00 pm.

You can come as often as you like, but note that the class presents the same content each week.

You do not need to bring anything with you — just wear something comfortable.

As a drop-in class, no registration is required—just show up.

We are located at 670 Bloor St. W., Suite 300 (3rd floor, stairs on the east side of the building), between the Bathurst and Christie subway stations at Manning Avenue.

Questions?

See the frequently asked questions below or contact us with the form below. As well, you can call us at 416-588-6465, or email us at toronto@shambhala.org

FAQs

What should I wear?

Wear something comfortable for you to sit on a cushion on the floor or in a chair. Often students will dress nicely as a practice of respect and to reflect the uplifted nature of our minds. It’s  important to just be yourself.

Should I bring anything?

Some helpful items to bring are a notebook, closed water bottle, and a shawl, light sweater, or long-sleeved shirt in case the meditation room is on the cooler side.

Are you wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately we are not at this time. As a community, we are committed to making the teachings as accessible as possible. Our lack of accessibility has been an ongoing concern, and we are working on it.

Do I have to be Buddhist to practise meditation or come to the Shambhala Centre?

Absolutely not! Everyone is welcome at the Shambhala Centre from any tradition, belief, or non-belief. We aspire to awaken the profound kindness inherent in human society and although our lineage is Buddhist we believe that everyone can sit and become familiar with their own mind.

I can’t make it on Tuesday nights. Do you have any other intro classes I can attend?
Yes, in fact we offer the same free intro classes numerous times a week to accommodate those who need a different time. They are:
 
Wednesday evenings 7:00–8:00 pm
Thursday mornings 10:00-11:00 am
First Saturday of every month 10am – 1:00pm (see our calendar)