Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple

Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre (ISKCON Toronto), has always been the hub of a rich, vibrant and enthusiastic community. Whether it be grand festivals, programs at local universities and yoga studios, philosophical discussions, cooking sessions, or singing and dancing on the streets, there are events taking place for everyone's interest.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Community Town Hall - Sunday, September 14, 2014

We are very excited to announce that ISKCON Toronto will be hosting our next Town Hall on Sunday, September 14th, 2014 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm in Govinda’s Dining Hall.  This Town Hall will present an opportunity for our vibrant Hare Krishna community to come forward and engage in a productive, two-way dialogue about our Hare Krishna temple and community at large.

The Town Hall will begin with a small presentation from the ISKCON Toronto Temple Council, highlighting the successes, challenges and financial developments over the last several months.  After this, we will open up the dialogue to our entire community to share their thoughts, dreams, concerns and suggestions about how we can continue to grow our temple and community.

Please accept this as a warm invitation for you to come and attend our Town Hall.  We continue to host these Town Halls every three months in an attempt to increase the communication between the temple management and our dear congregation.

If you are unable to make it to the Town Hall, but would like to share some ideas, suggestions or feedback, please feel free to fill out our form by clicking here or email us at templecouncil@torontokrishna.com.  You can also visit the Temple Council's website at templecouncil.torontokrishna.com.

We hope to see you on Sunday, Sepetmber 14th - please feel free to pass along this warm invitation to your devotee friends!  Hare Krishna!

Sincerely,
The ISKCON Toronto Temple Council
templecouncil@torontokrishna.com
www.torontokrishna.com

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Initiations Committee Open House - September 21, 2014

After having served in ISKCON for sometime, a stage comes in our Krishna conscious journey at which a devotee develops a desire to seek shelter of an ISKCON approved initiating guru to achieve formal initiation. This inspiration may come from various sources such as reading Srila Prabhupada’s books, serving devotees, devotee association and receiving encouragement from initiated devotees or initiating gurus. Also, more often than not, devotees need guidance and support from a more experienced devotee and a nurturing and caring environment as they endeavour to progress on the path of their devotional practices and try to maintain.

Here at ISKCON Toronto, an Initiations Committee consisting of Sita Thakurani devi dasi, Rupanuga das, Jagannath Misra das and Shyama Mohini devi dasi and has been put in place with the mandate to develop and manage a mentorship system. This system will facilitate and nurture interested devotees aspiring for first and second initiation. The information on initiation standards and procedures will be available here shortly (a dummy link with our documents). The Initiations Committee has also developed an initiations policy to help aspiring candidates prepare themselves better to seek initiation from an ISKCON guru. We hope you will find it informative and fair. 

Based on the above-mentioned information and your enthusiasm to continue to serve ISKCON, you are humbly invited to attend an information session on Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM at Govinda’s for further details on the Mentorship System including the process of seeking formal initiation at ISKCON Toronto. To help us plan better, please register and RSVP for this informative seminar by clicking here.

It is our sincere request that you attend this enlivening and informative session in our humble attempt to please Srila Prabhupada. For further information, please take a look at these following documents to get a better understanding of the process so far:


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Krishna's FunSkool Newsletter and New Session Starting Soon!

At Krishna's Funskool we've had a busy summer! Many fun activities, outdoor events, a 3-day kids camp,
dramas, workshops and parties too. Please check out our Summer Newsletter by clicking here for the highlights of these activities.

Please note that our new session for the Weekly Sunday Classes starts on Sunday, September 7th. We encourage you to pre-register your children so that we can prepare sufficient course material for all students.

Further, at ISKCON Toronto we are exploring various options for providing faith-based education to our community. Please take this 2-minute survey to give your opinion on setting up a Vedic faith-based pre-school/school for children in the GTA in the near future. We deeply value your time and input and consider it very crucial for the success of this project.

We thank you for your ongoing support and pray for your continued blessings as we start our new session and many other exciting projects.

Krishna FunSkool Team
Spiritual Values through Interactive Learning
416.844.2937

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Radhastami Deity Darshan


September 2nd was Srimati Radharani's appearance day - Sri Radhastami. This day is extra special as it is also the 42nd installation anniversary of our presiding deities, Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha. As always one of the highlights of the festivities was the amazing Darshans of Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha, Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai and Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subadhra. See below our full album including darshans from Mangal Arati (4:30am) the opulent day outfit as well as the evening flower outfit!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Seminar Sep 5th: Teachings of Lord Caitanya

To inaugurate, as well as to set the mood for the upcoming Maha-Mantra Week (5th-15th Sep), we have a fun and interactive seminar which will be led by His Grace Kala Prabhu. He is a disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada and will throw his creative spin on how to best imbibe the Vedic teachings to lead a better quality life.

Here are the details-
Day: Friday, September 5
Timings: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Cost: Free (Donations are welcome)

A sumptuous dinner will be served at the end. To help us plan better,  please register here.


Monday, September 1, 2014

Maha-Mantra Week! September 5th to 15th

When His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada stepped off the ship Jaladutta and arrived in Boston back in 1965, he bore just one desire in his heart: to share the impeccable glories of the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra all over the world.

Within a span of just over a decade, he established hundreds of temples and inspired thousands. Today, he is celebrated in over 400 ISKCON centres for sharing the imports of the pristine Vedic knowledge!

This year from Sep 5th-15th, ISKCON centres all over the world will commemorate the arrival of Srila Prabhupada to the West; here in Toronto, we have 10 days of various activities lined up for you. Also known as the 'World Holy Name Week', the intention of this festival is to appreciate and share what Prabhupada has given us and spread the (Holy) word! We encourage you to make the most of this by participating in multitude of ways; please read on for details.

Featuring:

Srimad Bhagavatam Conference Calls 

Readings from the Bhagavatam in great association that is sure to inspire and intrigue you. 
Monday and Wednesday from 8:30pm - 9:00pm
Dial-in: 1-862-902-0260
Conference code: 4504210

The 500 Distribution Challenge!

"Books are the basis". So help us bring them to others! We have at least a couple of sankirtan events in the pipes; how many can you come for? Just show up! Simple enough? Are you up for the challenge?

Special Events During the Week:

Inaugural Seminar: Teachings of Lord Caitanya

A presentation on the personality who actually gave us the Maha-mantra and traversed the planet only 5 centuries ago.
Friday, Sep 5: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Cabbage Town Sankirtan Festival

Opportunity # 1 for taking up 'The 500 Distribution Challenge'. It will be a fun-filled outing with lots of kirtan, great memories and prasadam!

Saturday, Sep 6: 12pm - 3pm


Special Edition Tuesday Sanga

This day marks the anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's accepting Sannayasa. Come in for a wonderful sanga to mark this event.
Tuesday, Sep 9: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Srila Prabhupada Movie Night 

An inspirational Thursday with viewing from "Following Srila Prabhupada" with butter popcorn and juice!
Thursday, Sept 11: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Downtown Street Harinama 

Sway to Kirtan with pomp down the streets of Yorkville.
Friday, Sept 12: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

64 Rounds Day 

Immerse yourself into the sublime depths of the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra in the association of others!
Sunday, Sep 14: 4:30am onwards

It is going to be a busy 10, so will we see you all then? 

For further information, please feel free to contact-
Hina: 647-989-1806 or 
email: toronto.sankirtan@gmail.com


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Two of Our Toronto Devotees Caring for Cows

A few weeks ago, two of our young devotees from our Toronto community, Fil and Sukhayanti, moved to West Virginia where, close to New Vrindaban, there is a wonderful farm run by the International Society for Cow Protection (ISCOWP).  The main coordinator of the farm Balabhadra prabhu and he is currently training both Fil and Sukhayanti about farming and cow protection. Check out this inspiring video showing all the devotees in action as they greet some new calves to the farm!

Birthday Gifts for Srimati Radharani


The Hare Krishna Temple warmly invites you and your family to join us on Tuesday, September 2nd for Radhastami celebrations - celebrating the appearance of Srimati Radharani! Festivities will commence at 6:00pm, stay tuned for more details. As an annual tradition, the highlight of the evening will be when we open gifts for Srimati Radharani that have been brought by the assembled devotees.

If you and your family feel inclined, you are welcome to bring a gift for Their Lordships. Some humble suggestions from the pujari and kitchen departments include:

Items for the Deities:
  •  handkerchiefs
  •  jewellery
  •  1 set of 14"-16" high  brown vases (colour to match with the Altar)
  •  medium size storage containers
  •  bindis
  •  soft towels for the Deities
  •  water filtration system (ask Brahma das for details)
  •  Deities' bedroom curtains (ask Brahma das for details)
Altar Cleaning Items:
  •  mop & bucket
  •  broom
  •  silver polish (twinkle brand preferred)
  •  brass/copper polish (twinkle brand preferred)
  •  wood polish
  •  laundry soap
  •  cleaning towels
  •  floor cleaner
Kitchen Items:
  •  small pots
  •  oven mitts
  •  kitchen towels
  •  medium size pots
  •  aprons
  •  electric hand blender
  •  electric hand whisk  
  •  electric spice grinder 
  •  professional salad spinner (5 gallon) 
  •  food storage containers 
A humble request is that all gift items be new as gifts will be placed on the altar and will be unwrapped and shown to the Deities during the program. We will have some gifts available for purchase on Sunday, August 30th as well as on Radhastami day. Of course donations of any kind are always warmly accepted! For festival sponsorship information contact Satyabhama devi dasi.