Zen Buddhist Temple-Toronto is the first temple founded by the Venerable Samu Sunim. After moving to Toronto in 1971 Samu Sunim completed a three year solitary retreat before beginning his teaching career. He reactivated the Zen Lotus Society from a basement apartment in Toronto serving the Korean-Canadian community and gave meditation instruction during the week. In 1979 Ven. Samu Sunim and a small group of his students  moved the Zen Lotus Society into a former flophouse at 46 Gwynn Avenue in Parkdale. The building was extensively renovated through the effort and manpower of those first disciples and the temple was officially incorporated in 1980.


The temple offers meditation services and meditation instruction for urbanites leading a hectic life. It serves as a spiritual community for friendship and support as well as a monastery for cultivation and training. Every Sunday we offer public services at 10 am and 4 pm ($5 suggested donation). We have daily, weekly practice schedules for members. Children's Service takes place last Sunday each month (10:30 to 11:30 am). We also offer introductory meditation courses and retreats throughout the year. Rev. Sanha is the current Temple Director and resident teacher.


Temple Residency is available for people who want to spend some time (one week minimum) living in the temple to cultivate their practice. The residents participate in temple programs in the mornings and/or evenings while maintaining their job or studies. If you wish to be a temple guest for few days, book your stay via Airbnb.

Public Services
All are welcome!
Sundays at 10 am & 4 pm
(Temporarily Closed)
Daily Practice 
For Members & Residents
Mon.–Fri. 6 am & 6:30 pm
Temple Newsletter
Temple Tour
Temple Calendar

One-day Retreats

Saturday 9 am to 5 pm

February 6

March 15

April 22

May 25

Yongmaeng Jeongjin

April 6-9

October 6-8



April 21

(Four Tuesdays 6:30 to 8:30 pm)

Beginner's Zen Retreat

Fri. 7 pm to Sat. noon

January 31-February 1

May 8-9

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Two-day Retreat:

Friday 10 am to Sunday 9 am

May 29-31

Yongmaeng Jeongjin Retreat

June 26-July 1 (NYC)

Special Events

  • Membership Meetings

  • Sangha Work Practice: Sat. April 4 & 25

  • Zen to Go gathering: every other Sundays at noon

  • Spring Sangha Potluck: Saturday at 6 pm, March 21

  • Buddha's Birthday Celebration: Sat/Sun May 2 & 3

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