Shambhala Day 2013 in Toronto

On Monday, February 11 the Shambhala community celebrated Shambhala Day, which marks the beginning of the New Year, and represents one of the most important traditions of Shambhala Buddhism. According to Chinese-Tibetan astrology, this year is the year of the Water Snake. Celebrated in over 150 Shambhala centres around the world, the day began in … Continue 

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Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to our new website based on the new Shambhala centre template. Over the coming months we will be adding content and developing the site. If you have any suggestions for the site, please let us know by emailing us at toronto@shambhala.org For examples of other Shambhala centre websites using the new template, visit Boston, … Continue 

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On the Path of Profound Kindness with Jay Lippman

Most of us relate to Buddhism through meditation practice and our interest in relieving stress, anxiety, and other forms of psychological suffering. In The Path of Profound Kindness – a weekend program taught at the Toronto Shambhala Centre by Shambhala Buddhist teacher Jay Lippman – we learned that Buddhism offers us much more than that. … Continue 

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Thoughts on Creating Court in Everyday Life by Glenn Austin

Last weekend (27-28 October), the Toronto Shambhala Centre offered a program entitled Shambhala Culture: Creating Court in Everyday Life. Twenty-five or so participants joyfully participated in an exploration and celebration of Shambhala principles. It was a true delight hosting Sangyum Wendy Friedman, Director of Culture and Decorum from Shambhala International, as well as David Mukpo, … Continue 

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August Weekthun in Toronto

Article by Phyllis Cohen. August 20 marked a first for the Shambhala Meditation Centre of Toronto. It was the first time the centre had ever hosted an urban weekthun. The concept of a meditation retreat in the city seems almost like an oxymoron. How can it be a “retreat” when you leave the quiet, orderly, … Continue 

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Practising Peace for Pema Chödrön’s 76th Birthday

I don’t think anyone has ever done a survey about how people find their way to the Shambhala path but I’m pretty sure that Pema Chödrön’s books were pointing the way for many of us—especially in the last ten years or so. Saturday 14 July marked Pema Chödrön’s seventy-sixth birthday. Midway into a one-year solitary … Continue 

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Children’s Day and Winter Solstice Celebration

Story by Kelly Murphy with photos by Victoria Hagens. On December 17, 2011, we celebrated Children’s Day and the Winter Solstice at the Toronto Shambhala Centre. It was one of the most elegant, cheerful, and inclusive events I have ever attended at the Centre! Many congratulations are deserved by Ruth, Sangye, Victoria, and John Crone, … Continue 

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Restorative Circles at the Shambhala Centre

An article by Tina Lopes I was so grateful to learn that Nat Roman and the Shambala Meditation Centre were willing to allow people who are not members of the community to participate in the two-day introductory workshop on Restorative Circles. Everything I had read and heard about this process, which was developed by Dominic … Continue 

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A Weekthun at Juniper Hill Retreat Centre

Article by Janet Murie with photos by Chris Luginbuhl. The weeks that led up to the week-long retreat at Juniper Hill Retreat Centre between Christmas and New Years were busy with social obligations, eating too much rich food and shopping for family and friends. I was looking forward to the imposed quiet of the week … Continue 

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The Art of Being Human, January 2011

Photos by Chris Luginbuhl from the Art of Being Human, Shambhala Training, Level 1 with Henry Chapin.

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