Back to Basic Goodness: Beginner’s Mind and Butter Tarts on a First Weekthun

Group retreats are often described as “potent” ways to deepen one’s mediation practice. I finally had the opportunity to experience that potency for the first time in a weekthun at Juniper Hill 25 May–2 June. Patricia Hayward directed the retreat with teachings on the new Shambhala meditation approach to fully experiencing ourselves as being alive … Continue 

The Shambhala Principle: Sakyong Mipham’s New Book

Sakyong Mipham – the head of the Shambhala lineage – has just published a new book, The Shambhala Principle: Discovering Humanity’s Hidden Treasure.  This book is devoted to the principle of basic goodness and enlightened society. It was written, the Sakyong says, as a dialogue with his father, the legendary Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who presented … Continue 

The Impact of Crazy Wisdom (by Pat Parisi)

For me, life as a Buddhist began with books, and lots of them. I didn’t understand a word that was written on the pages. It wasn’t only that the concepts were beyond me but the words described a landscape that I didn’t yet inhabit. It was as though I were visiting another country and nothing … Continue 

Spring Equinox Celebration in Toronto

What a beautiful day it was. The sun shone brightly on March 30th, 2013. We had spent weeks in preparation for our first ever Spring Equinox celebration only to find there was more new life than usual this Spring! We were blessed with the arrival of our new Shambhala Princess, Jetsun Yudra Lhamo Yangchen Ziji Mukpo (aka … Continue 

Community Practice Days

On the first Sunday of every month, the Shambhala Meditation Centre holds a community practice day. Everyone is welcome! On these days, we offer meditation practice in the main meditation hall from 10 am to 1 pm. You are welcome to come for all or part of this session, which consists of periods of sitting … Continue 

Wednesday evenings this season

The Shambhala centre is open every Wednesday evening at 7pm, offering meditation instruction, group sitting practice, as well as occasional short talks, videos, and discussion groups. If you are interested in learning how to meditate, it’s best to arrive a bit before 7pm. Meditation instruction is offered by an experienced meditation instructor at that time. … Continue 

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 

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 [email protected] For examples of other Shambhala centre websites using the new template, visit Boston, … Continue 

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 

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