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Rinpoche Visit and Grand Opening

Our beloved teacher, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, will be here in Toronto for the grand opening and blessing of our new centre.

The day will consist of blessings, prayers, and teachings, as well as an open house session.

Please register via email.

For details please refer to the poster below.


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Our New Home

We are excited to announce that in February, 2019, Nalandabodhi Toronto relocated to our new permanent home in Leslieville, a flourishing community for a flourishing dharma.

Our Building

NBT CentreThe centre is located in a revitalized 100-yr-old red brick warehouse on the corner of Dundas and Carlaw Streets, with the entry at 1159 Dundas (address here). Our ground floor home is open and spacious with high ceilings, kitchen and loft.

We share the building with an eclectic mix of tenants, from arts and culture venues to small businesses. Last but not least, the building boasts a coffee shop-bar that is open from 7am-2am weekdays and 9am-2am weekends.

Our Neighbourhood

Leslieville is a vibrant and growing area with small houses, young families, condominiums, theatres, health and fitness clubs and businesses.  It is north of the port lands where significant rejuvenation is proceeding, and is on the planned downtown relief line. Our centre is just a 10-minute walk from an abundance of coffee shops, restaurants, and stores on Queen St. East.

Our Welcome

We look forward to meeting our neighbours and introducing Nalandabodhi’s programs in our new home. Weekly group practices have begun with more events to follow. We look forward to hosting dharma teachings, mindfulness and arts-based workshops and more.

Please check our calendar on the website for current information including our upcoming open house.  Or join our email list to receive up-to-date current news. (subscribe here)

Thank you for your interest in Nalandabodhi Toronto and we look forward to meeting you!

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Members & Friends of Toronto Nalandabodhi


We are entering a very exciting time for Toronto Nalandabodhi. Over the last year and a half, at the request of our teacher, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, we have been searching for a new permanent home. A home for the dharma to grow and flourish in Toronto. Our search is nearly at an end and as a result, we will be vacating our center at Queen and Spadina at the end of July.

Over the last 10 years, we have enjoyed gathering to practice, study and receive teachings at the center. We hope that in our new home we can continue to expand in these areas so that many people who wish to study and practice the dharma can gather with us.

At this time and until we have procured a new permanent home, all open group practices will be suspended. We will continue to offer group practices to members starting in August at a temporary location. Members will receive details as we get closer to the date.

Thank you for your continued support of Toronto Nalandabodhi and we look forward to gathering again in the fall at our new home.

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Creativity and Compassion with Mitra Mark Power: Finding the mind of kindness in art and everyday perceptions. Saturday and Sunday, March 17/18, 2018



Join us for a weekend of meditation, presentation, reflection, and also enjoy creative exercises of body, mind, and emotion.

On Saturday we’ll include a visit to a local artist’s cooperative – making our practice interactive. Themes will include: meaning and purpose; “How is my life aligned with compassion?”; compassion for self and for “other”; sense-perception as a shortcut to compassion; and creativity as the heart of transformation.

Our exploration will continue Sunday with time to unpack our experiences, create visual representations, enjoy a dvd presentation, and to share our own creative enterprises.


Participants should bring a couple of magazines they find inspiring but don’t mind cutting up and a few crayons or coloured pencils (extras for those who forget are always appreciated). You may want a journal and pen. Also, please come prepared to walk a block or so from the Nalandabodhi center to a local gallery space on Saturday afternoon.

We will have a sangha dinner at a local restaurant on Saturday evening after the teaching. Participants will gather at the King’s Cafe at 6:30 pm to enjoy a meal together. Let us know if you plan to join the group.


Mark Power began his practice of the dharma in the late 1970s and has studied under the tutelage of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche since 1993. Following two decades of work as a professional chaplain, Mark became a certified executive and life coach in 2014. He is also partner and chief development officer of Awareness Enabled Life Positioning, a personal and professional development company in China and North America. Mark currently serves as Dean of the Mitra Council of Nalandabodhi (Mitra is a term for senior teachers appointed by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche). He facilitates workshops emphasizing mindfulness, compassion and creativity in daily life—the Nalandabodhi Path of Mindful Activity. Mark lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with Marion, his wife of 35 years.


Join us at Nalandabodhi Toronto 174 Spadina Ave (at Queen), Suite 506

9:30 – 5:00 March 17 (Doors open at 9:00 for registration) and 

9:30 – 4:30 March 18 (Doors open for meditation practice at 9:30 and we ask that all participants be in place before Mitra Mark begins at 10:00)

The price for the weekend:

The cost of the weekend is $90-$150 sliding scale; select the amount that is commensurate with your circumstances. Financial resources should not be an impediment to practice, however. Please email the registrar, Barbara Leonard, to arrange your fee should the sliding scale prove a challenge.

PLEASE register in advance so we can plan accurately; email Barbara Leonard baraleon@yahoo.ca to register for the weekend.

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The Myth of the Self


Imagine standing on a scenic mountain peak and looking out at the world in all directions without any obstructions.

These days, if we see someone behaving selfishly, we might say they’re “being egotistical.” If someone thinks you have a really “big ego,” they may even post a blog calling you an “egomaniac.” From the standpoint of our mental health, it’s important to have self-esteem or what some psychologists call “a healthy ego.”

So when we’re talking with our friends and mention our “ego,” what do we mean?

From a Buddhist point of view, the ego is something made up by the mind. It’s the sense of self — a flash of “I” or “me” that we believe in and cling to. It’s the basis of our feeling of self-importance. It’s a story, a myth of self that we keep telling ourselves.

That “self” is the center of our universe. No matter what we’re doing, our actions always come from, and reflect back to our sense of self-consciousness.  This ego-self we cling to is the source of most of our problems. Wherever we get hung up in pain and confusion, there we’ll find the ego.

The Buddha taught that the root cause of our suffering—ignorance—is what gives rise to this tendency to “cling.”


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