Everyone Welcome

The centre offers a friendly and supportive atmosphere for meditation and study, open to all regardless of religious affiliation, ethnicity or gender. Teachings, initiations, weekend retreats, courses and specialized group meditation practices are held frequently.

Events and Programs

For over 30 years, Gaden Choling has hosted teachings from Venerable teachers. H.E. Zasep Rinpoche teaches several weeks per year in Toronto. The centre also has regular ongoing classes in Lamrim and various practices.

Ongoing Programs

Gaden Choling hosts ongoing programs for student practice. Find out more here.

Weekend Teaching Retreats

Condensed weekend teaching retreats on weekends for serious students who want a more intense learning or meditational experience.

H.E. Zasep Rinpoche Events

At least twice a year, H.E. Zasep Rinpoche brings precious teachings to Tornoto. Don't miss these special events.

Video Teachings Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

H.E. Zasep Rinpoche short teaching videos on a variety of topics, not to be missed.

Latest News & Events

Guru Puja Tsog offering at Gaden Choling on Oct 14 at 10am

On Thanksgiving weekend Oct 14 at 10am, Matthew Richards will lead a Guru Puja Tsog offering. Guru puja is open to all, and is an important purifying and merti practice. By donation. Please bring an offering for the Tsog.    

Weekly Mahamudra Meditation Group Practice at Gaden Choling — Every Thursday 7:30pm

Join us for a weekly practice group on Gelug Mahamudra Mediation. There are no special requirements, all are welcome. Stephen Tang will lead meditation sessions and read from the Mahamudra commentary by H.E. Zasep Rinpoche. This is an opportunity to deepen Mahamudra practice and meditation. EVERY THURSDAY until December 12, 2019. “Mahamudra practice slows us down so we can see things as they really are. Mahamudra reveals the ultimate nature of the mind, intrinsically pure and empty of inherent nature: pure awareness, luminous and spacious clarity and cognisance.”  — H.E. Zasep Rinpoche

“Enjoy your day. Enjoy your friendships. Enjoy your meditation. Rejoicing is the antidote for self-pity, envy and jealousy.” — Zasep Rinpoche

Most Buddhist practice — and Buddhist living — can be distilled down to the concept of “antidotes.” When our gurus give us teachings, it’s almost always in the form of an “antidote.” One of the most memorable descriptions of one of these antidotes came in a teaching by H.E. Zasep Rinpoche. The antidote to envy and jealousy, one of the great poisons described by Buddha, is a simple formula, but a profound one. Rinpoche advised: “It’s important to rejoice,” said Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche at a weekend Lam Rim and Green Tara retreat in Toronto. “It’s important to be positive.…

Black Mahakala: when you practice this wrathful form of Chenrezig you “feel protected”

Black Mahakala is the wrathful Enlightened protector emanation of Chenrezig — Avalokiteshvara, the Compassionate Buddha. Just as any father might demonstrate wrath and fierceness to protect his children, Chenrezig appears as the ferocious six-armed “Great Black” Mahakala. [On July 23, 2019, Venerable Zasep Rinpoche will offer Six-Armed Mahakala empowerment. Details on event page>>] H.E. Venerable Zasep Rinpoche explains wrathful deities: “When you do wrathful deity practice, you… It gives you energy. You feel like “I am strong” and “I am protected.” But before you do wrathful practice, you start with lower tantras, the peaceful deities. And, every time you do…

Happy Birthday H.E. Zasep Rinpoche!

We wish Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche a very happy birthday — and many more: “May the pure white light of your peerless wisdom shine undiminished until the end of existence.” This is a quote from the long-life prayer to Zasep Rinpoche composed by the illustrious Kyabje Trijang RInpoche at the request of Ponpo Nawang Losang.  [Adapted, with permission, from a feature on Buddha Weekly.] Immortal Rain The Long Life Prayer of Venerable Zasep Tulku By Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche     “Wisdom of all the Buddhas, Eternal adamantine nature, Clad in the three maroon robes and displaying the marks of perfection,…

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Gaden Choling Toronto is a Buddhist Mahayana Meditation Centre, established over 30 years ago under spiritual director Venerable Zasep Rinpoche. Many great spiritual teachers, such as HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Tara Tulku Rinpoche and HH Khalkha Jetsun Dhampa Rinpoche have given many amazing holy teachings and initiations at Gaden Choling.

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637 Christie St, Toronto, ON, M6G 3E6