Gaden Choling Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Centre is a refuge of teaching, study and practice of Buddhism in the Tibetan Gelug school of Lama Tsongkapa. It is one of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist centres in Canada, first established by H.E Kyabje Yongdzin Ling Rinpoche.
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. Our Spiritual Director is Zasep Jamseng Rinpoche, a traditionally trained and fully qualified master of the tradition with decades of experience presenting the Gelug tradition in the West. Please see Rinpoche’s bio and Guidelines for Students for more info.
In addition to teachings from Zasep Jamseng Rinpoche, we regularly host guest teachers from various Buddhist traditions. Prominent teachers who have spent time and taught at our centre have included: H.H. Gaden Tri Rinpoche, Kyabje Serkhong Rinpoche, Kyabje Song Rinpoche, Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche, Tara Tulku Rinpoche, Lati Rinpoche, female lama Jetsun Kushok Chime Luding, and the Ven. Achaan Maha Ghosananda. We also host teachings and retreats run by senior students regularly throughout the year.
Gaden Choling follows the advice of Zasep Rinpoche to continually try and become socially engaged Buddhists, and fundraisers for relief work and other charitable causes are a common element in our programming. A major and long-standing affiliate of our centre is Gaden Relief, which has a long and celebrated history of doing health and cultural reconstruction work in Tibet, India and Mongolia. Gaden Choling itself is a charitable organization, run entirely by volunteers, and is able to exist based solely upon the kind donations of those who benefit from the centre. A special way that people do this is by becoming members of the community, which provides a regular and dependable source of income for the centre and is a crucial and wonderful way of supporting it’s continued existence. Please visit our membership page.
“Mahamudra meditation is awareness and understanding of the true nature of mind; it is spacious, without beginning or end. It is like observing the sky without the trace of birds, or the criss-cross of jet planes. You can merge your consciousness in the state of Mahamudra, beyond words and thoughts. The true nature of the mind is raw or naked awareness. It is an uncovered, untamed and unaltered state, without fabrication.”
From Gelug Mahamudra: Eloquent Speech of Manjushri by Zasep Rinpoche