Meditation Instructors: Do you have one?

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche describes how important it is to receive personal instruction from teachers. Like many Buddhist teachers, he uses the analogy of learning how to bake bread to describe meditation instruction. As he says in the film  An Uncommon King, you might have your grandmother’s recipe for bread but you’ll never make bread as … Continue 

Lodro Rinzler coming to town—asks what kind of person we’d like to be when we grow up?

Lodro Rinzler’s first book, The Buddha Walks into a Bar . . . (published a couple years ago and written while Rinzler was in his twenties), has sold over 40,000 copies and continues to sell several hundred copies a week. Much of the book’s success is due to Rinzler’s frank and popular advice column that appears in … Continue 

Children’s Day Celebration

In the Shambhala tradition we celebrate Nyida Days four times a year, as they mark the change of a season. These are special days when the whole community gathers at the Shambhala centres, with family and friends, and everyone enjoys the festivities, special celebratory ceremonies, and delicious food. Winter Nyida Day is celebrated on Winter … Continue 

Kado: Being Quiet and Doing Something!

More than knowing a thing or two about flowers, Marcia Wang Shibata knows her own mind—but then, she’s been following the way of flowers for a long time. Ms. Shibata, a Master Shambhala Kado Instructor, was in Toronto last weekend to work with a dozen or so students in an introductory practice. Kado is an … Continue 

Free Online Program: Awake in the World

The details aren’t all worked out yet but there is an amazing event taking shape for the third week of October. Shambhala Mountain Center will be hosting a free five-day online event called Awake in the World to explore mindfulness in our health, work, and relationships as a path to personal and social transformation. It … Continue 

A Rigden King Is Born

I am not entirely sure what leads a person to the path of the Buddha. I suppose we all have our own journey and experiences that lead us here. I have spent a lot of time suffering—worrying about how I look, what I should say, what I did say, what to do, what not to … Continue 

It’s happening! Changes to the Centre

Our renovation is underway, and what a difference we are seeing already! After months of listening, discussion, and testing ideas we have a fresh understanding of how our space can express Shambhala society and nurture our community. Now we are physically creating the space—the frame within which we can deepen our connection with each other. … Continue 

Renovations start next week! (And centre will be closed for two weeks)

  After seven months of discussion, sharing ideas, and planning we are ready to refresh and revitalize the community spaces at the Toronto Centre. Throughout our planning we were guided by the Sakyong’s vision to make our centre more like a village and less like school — welcoming, kinder, and supportive of society. So what … Continue 

Give a Day to Shambhala: A Generosity Practice

A couple years ago I participated in the sangha retreat in Halifax called Being Brave. It was an amazing week of practice and teachings and I felt happier and more inspired among a group of strangers there than I’d been in some time. Toward the end of the week organizers placed large bowls and baskets … Continue 

First Changes — News on Uplifting Our Space

Next time you’re in the Shambhala Centre, you’ll notice some small changes that are already making a big difference. In the community room, we’ve removed the Japanese paper ceiling treatment (which was maybe twenty years old and discoloured with years of dust) and the corner calligraphy display. The room already feels a bit more airy. … Continue