Meditation

Meditation is a natural state of the human mind—at rest, open, alert. The practice of meditation has been taught for over 2,500 years as a vehicle for realizing the beauty and magic of the ordinary world without aggression or manipulation.

The teachings of Shambhala Buddhism emphasize the potential for enlightenment inherent in every situation or state of mind. Through discipline, gentleness and a sense of humor, the practitioner is invited to let go of conflicting emotions and wake up on the spot.

Mindfulness/awareness meditation is the foundation of all that we do at the Shambhala Meditation Centre. This ancient practice of self-discovery is rooted in the simple but revolutionary premise that every human being has the ability to cultivate the mind’s inherent stability, clarity and strength in order to be more awake and to develop the compassion and insight necessary to care for oneself and the world genuinely. To read more or watch a video teaching or take an on-line course, visit the meditation page at Shambhala.org.

About Meditation Instruction

Every Tuesday and Wednesday evening at 7 pm, and each Thursday morning at 10 am, the Shambhala Meditation Centre offers meditation instruction, group meditation practice, and regular public talks. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Meditation cushions are provided. No experience necessary! Everyone is welcome.  Preregistration is not required. We also offer individual meditation instruction upon request. See details below.

Tuesday and Wednesday Evening Schedule

7 pm – Meditation instruction provided upon request.
7 pm – Group meditation practice in main meditation room.
8 pm – Tea and cookies.
8:15 pm –Evening classes and talks, as scheduled.

Donations appreciated.

Thursday Morning Schedule

10 am to 11 am –Sitting and walking meditation.
10:15am to 11 am –Meditation instruction for newcomers.
11 am to 11:15 am – Tea.
11:15 am to noon – Sitting and walking meditation
Noon – Discussion.

Once per month: Three-hour introductory session.

10 am to 1 pm. Usually the first Saturday of each month (but check the calendar). This three-hour program  introduces beginners and those wanting a refresher to the practice of meditation. The program includes meditation instruction with a qualified instructor, short practice sessions, talks, and discussion. By donation.

Way of Shambhala

You can also receive an in-depth introduction to meditation through the Way of Shambhala path of training.

Individual Instruction Available

Individual, one-on-one meditation instruction is also available for those wishing to learn and practice the basics of meditation. Our trained meditation guides will provide you with all the information and structure you need to begin your meditation practice.  Please email us at guidestoronto@gmail.com and we will contact you via email to set up a time and date for your meditation instruction session at the Toronto Shambhala Centre. Free of charge.

Ongoing Instruction

Not just for new meditators, instruction is also recommended as part of one’s ongoing practice. You are always welcome to speak to an instructor about your practice. You may also ask to form an ongoing working relationship with the instructor of your choice.