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.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Join Us for the First Monthly Sankirtan Festival (MSF) of 2015!

This coming Saturday, January 31st is the 1st Monthly Sankirtan Festival (MSF) of 2015!
It's an auspicious time of the year, decorated with many festivals. The theme for our first MSF - The Mercy of Lord Nityananda - coincides with this Sunday's festival of Nityananda Trayodasi.

Sankirtan is a Sanskrit term which means the congregational chanting and sharing of the names and glories of Krishna, which is the recommended process for spiritual success. In the Hare Krishna tradition, sankirtan is associated with sharing our spiritual culture with the public via the timeless books, translated by Srila Prabhupada.

We encourage you to come and join us for this very sweet festival, where we will share the mercy of Lord Nityananda by knocking on doors and give people an opportunity to share in our spiritual tradition!

We encourage everyone to come for the morning program that begins at 4:30am and as a treat, there will be a special themed Srimad Bhagavatam Class with a super amazing breakfast!

Schedule:

9:30 am - 10:30 am: Setting the mood and Training
10:30 am - 4: 30 pm: Door to Door Sankirtan
5:00 pm - Vegetarian Feast at the temple


For more information and to RSVP please contact us at toronto.sankirtan@gmail.com . We hope to see you this weekend!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Nityananda Trayodasi - Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015

One of the sweetest festivals of the year Nityananda Trayodasi (appearance day) will fall on Sunday, February 1st! A warm invitation goes out to you and your family to join us as we celebrate the advent (appearance) of Lord Nityananda.

Lord Nityananda (also known as Nityananda Prabhu, Nitai, Nityananda Balarama) appeared hundreds of years ago as Lord Chaitanya’s principal associate for spreading the congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord. He is considered an incarnation of Lord Balarama.

This festival is a special one for ISKCON Toronto and often features very sweet, intimate and spiritually-soaked festivities! This year, we will begin with a 6 Hour Kirtan, starting at 12pm. Come join us as we celebrate Lord Nityananda through non-stop melodious kirtan, which will lead us straight to our Sunday Feast program that will feature a class as well as wonderful treat from our Sunday FunSkool!

Please join us!

Schedule (subject to change):
12:00pm - 6:00pm: 6 Hour Kirtan (schedule and details will be up shortly)
6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arati and Kirtan
6:30pm - 6:35pm: Welcome and Announcements
6:35pm - 7:15pm: Class
7:15pm - 7:30pm: Presentation by Sunday FunSkool
7:30pm - 8:00pm: Vegetarian Feast
8:00pm - 8:30pm: Arati and Kirtan


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Seminar: Nectar of Instruction - Feb 8, 2015

On Sunday, February 8, 2015, the Hare Krishna Temple will be hosting a one-day seminar on the Nectar of Instruction.

Across five centuries comes this incredible guidebook of essential spiritual teachings. How to choose a guru, how to practice yoga, even where to live — you'll find it all in Nectar of Instruction, originally written in Sanskrit by Rupa Goswami, the greatest spiritual genius of medieval India.  Translated and illuminated by Srila Prabhupada, the Nectar of Instruction is the key to enlightenment for all seekers on the path of spiritual perfection.

From 10am to 3pm, everyone is invited to come to the to Hare Krishna Temple for a special course which will unpack the wisdom from the Nectar of Instruction.  Lunch prasadam will be served, hence the request for participants to register - so that we can plan for lunch.  The course will be facilitated by Uttamananda Krsna das, our resident scholar and brahmacari!  His recent travels took him to India wherein he completed his Bhakti Sastri degree from the Vrndavan Institute for Higher Education (VIHE),

The course is free of cost but donations are accepted!  If you would like to attend this course, please complete the course registration form below:

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Blast from the Past - Ratha-Yatra 2004!

A quick YouTube search yielded some jewel-like videos - clips from Ratha-Yatra 2004.  These 10 year old videos show elements of the two-day festival over the course of the weekend.  With the entire community coming together to put on the festival, this video has plenty of fun little treats!



Friday, January 23, 2015

Join Us for the 3rd Anniversary of Tuesday Sanga!

On Tuesday, January 27th we will be celebrating the 3rd anniversary of Tuesday Sanga and HH Bhaktimarga Swami will also be joining us for this special gathering.

Since January of 2012, your ISKCON Toronto Temple has been hosting "sangas" which consist of an evening gathering which includes reading, chanting, interactive discussions as well as a feast. Sanga is nice weekday retreat that offers more intimate association than the hustle & bustle of our weekly Sunday Feast and a great we to reinvigorate your week.

Please join us this Tuesday for our special 3rd Anniversary celebrations and, of course, you are welcome to join us for any Tuesday!  We hope to see you soon!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Highlights from Sankirtan 2014

The year 2014 is already in our collective rear view mirror but that shouldn't stop us from taking a moment to appreciate all the amazing things that took place throughout the year!  The sankirtan spirit flowed throughout the year as a whole team of devotees dedicated themselves to sharing Srila Prabhupada's books with the public at large.  Here is a sweet video which captures some of the highlights of the year!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Reliving Nuit Blanche Kirtan

Several months ago, the City of Toronto hosted it's annual Nuit Blanche festival wherein entire swaths of the downtown core were transformed into giant art exhibits.  With the public encouraged to walk around and take in the sights and sounds all night long, the devotees from our Hare Krishna community took to the streets (in the middle of the night) and shared kirtan!  Here are the results:


Community Town Hall - Sunday, February 22, 2015

We are very excited to announce that ISKCON Toronto will be hosting our next Town Hall on Sunday, February 22, 2015 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, February 22nd - 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