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.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Home Deity Worship Course - April 4, 2015

One of the many unique and amazing things about the Hare Krishna movement (ISKCON) is the incredible standard of Deity worship which has been established by our beloved founder, Srila Prabhupada.  Since the early days of our movement, incredibly beautiful Deities have been "installed" in temples all around the globe.  With impeccably high standards, these Deities are worshiped several times a day, given sumptuous offerings and cared for lovingly by highly trained pujaris (priests).

The culture of Deity worship is encouraged in the home as well!  Many aspiring devotees maintain altars (sacred spaces) at home where they can worship their own Deities.  While the standards may not be as high and stringent as those in the temple, devotees are encouraged to worship, with great care, the Lord in their home.

In an effort to help our devotee community learn about ways to serve the Deity of Lord Krishna at home, we will be hosting a special seminar entitled, "Home Deity Worship" on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.  The course will be faciliated by Jayananda prabhu, who will be visiting our Hare Krishna centres around the GTA from April 2nd to April 8th.  The one-day course is open to everyone!

Jayananda dasa serves as the North American Minister of the ISKCON Deity Worship Ministry, under the authority and direction of the GBC. He is personally trained in Sridham Mayapur by Jananivasa prabhu, ISKCON's senior-most pujari with over 40 years of service to Sri-Sri Radha Madhava and who received personal instruction in deity worship from Srila Prabhupada and was instructed by him to train other pujaris. Jayananda prabhu spends four months a year in Mayapur facilitating the annual pujari training course at Mayapur Academy, of which he is also a management member. Additionally, he performs many additional functions for ISKCON Deity Worship Ministry worldwide as the primary assistant of ISKCON's Deity Worship Minister, Nrsimha Kavaca Prabhu. While in the USA, he is based in the Mid-Atlantic area and travels among ISKCON temples to serve pujaris and leadership by offering training, guidance, and support.

To register for the course, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page!  We look forward to seeing you there!  (Please note, the same seminar will be taking place at both ISKCON Scarborough and ISKCON Brampton on Friday, April 3rd and Sunday, April 5th respectively).



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Looking for Preschool Teachers!

Inspired by the success of Krishna conscious schools in various parts of the world, the devotees in the Greater Toronto Area are inspired to begin with a Krishna conscious pre-school in Toronto, Canada.  Below is the formal job description:

Full time preschool teachers required for a new Krishna Conscious preschool in the Toronto, ON, Canada Area. The school is scheduled to launch in Fall 2015.

Seeking role models of high moral character and strong Krishna Conscious lifestyle who can enthusiastically impart knowledge of Krishna consciousness.

A successful candidate for this position will possess the following skills and qualifications:

  • High ability to organize and multi-task
  • Professionalism, creativity and eagerness to learn
  • Loves working with pre-school children
  • Strong English language skills, including written and oral communication
  • A MACTE or AMI certificate is an asset.
  • Current First Aid / CPR Certification
  • At least one year experience teaching in a preschool environment

The salary will be commensurate to the experience and at par with the market standard. We will consider sponsoring work permits for suitably qualified individuals if necessary.

Please forward your CV and a covering letter - please be sure to include your answer to "Why do you want to teach at a Krishna Conscious PreSchool". For more information please contact - kids@torontokrishna.com

Mridanga Meditations - Seminar REGISTER NOW!

The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is very excited to announce our next Mridanga course! With great success and feedback on our first Mridanga course in January, and a huge demand for another one, it's finally here! This mridanga course is for anyone and everyone - all ages and mridanga playing levels welcome! The course will be taking place over the long weekend of May 15th to 18th, 2015.

The course will be taught by Devala Prabhu, a young, second-generation Hare Krishna youth from Alachua Florida who is a masterful mridanga player. He will be facilitating the course at the temple and everyone is invited.

Course Details: 

Dates - Friday, May 15th to Monday, May 18th, 2015
Fee - $108 for 4 days (meals included)
Registration - Registration is mandatory and payment must be made before the course date (registration form at the bottom of this post)
Other Notes - please let us know if you will be bringing your own drum or if you need one
Contact - KirtanToronto@gmail.com
                 Nipun at (647)466-7735

REGISTER NOW http://goo.gl/forms/2PP5UB8wOS


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New Vrindavan Festival of Inspiration Bus Tour

The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is currently looking for devotees who are interested in traveling, as a group, to the 2015 Festival of Inspiration, taking place at New Vrndavan in West Virginia!  The main information is as follows:

FESTIVAL OF INSPIRATION 2015
NEW VRNDAVAN BUS TOUR
MAY 8-10

All the transportation, accommodation,  prasadam, kirtan, uplifting Krishna katha and association you can get!

  • Just the right mix of enlightening presentations by ISKCON’s best speakers
  • top-quality entertainment from dramas to stand-up comedy
  • rip-roaring kirtans
  • and mouth-watering prasad and so much more...

Limited seats available.  If interested, please contact Uttamananda Krishna das or Bhakta Nick today!  Phone: 416-922-5415. Email: unkdjps@yahoo.com

Monday, March 23, 2015

Rama Navami - Saturday, March 28, 2015

On Saturday, March 28, 2015, Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre will mark the Appearance Day of Lord Rama (also known as Rama Navami). Lord Rama is the incarnation of Lord Krishna as the perfect monarch. He enacts His lila, or pastime, of killing the evil king Ravana and establishing virtue, by personal example, throughout His kingdom. The epic story of His transcendental adventures is told in the scripture Ramayana in which one reads of His unfailing devotion to His wife Sita and Their affectionate dealings with Lord Rama's many family members, particularly His devoted Brother, Lakshmana.

Celebrations will begin at 6:00pm and will include a special arati ceremony for Lord Rama and will be an extended program with plenty of festivities. More details to follow!

We hope you can join us for this auspicious occasion with your entire family!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

March Break Gopinath's Kids Camp! March 19-21

The Gopinath's Kids Camp has been a one-day annual summer event since 2006. This year, Krishna'sFunskool is very happy to announce their second March-Break kids camp! This year, the camp will be held from Thursday, March 19 - Saturday, March 21.We promise three full days of interactive spiritual learning, yummy prasadam meals and lots of fun. See attached poster for details. 

To register your children, please click here.

We hope your children can join us for 3 fun-filled days!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Gaura Purnima Deity Darshan

Click below for full gallery of The Deities from Gaura Purnima celebrations on Thursday, March 5th, 2015. Gaura Purnima is one of the largest festivals at Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple. This festival is the celebration of the appearance of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is none other than Lord Krishna Himself. Over 500 years ago, in a special appearance, Lord Krishna personally came as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and acted as His own devotee by propagating the chanting of the Holy names of the Lord in every town and village!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Gaura Purnima Festival - Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Toronto Hare Krishna Centre would like to warmly invite you to join us for grand Gaura Purnima Celebrations on ThursdayMarch 5, 2015!

Gaura Purnima, one of the largest festivals at Toronto's Hare Krishna temple, is the celebration of the appearance of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is none other than Lord Krishna Himself. Over 500 years ago, in a special appearance, Lord Krishna personally came as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and acted as His own devotee by propagating the chanting of the Holy names of the Lord in every town and village!

There will be festivities throughout the day, starting early in the morning at 4:30am! We encourage everyone to start this auspicious day on the right note. We will continue with bhajans (singing) at 3:00pm dedicated to the glories of Lord Chaitanya, which will flow right into the rest of the evening program.

The tentative schedule is as follows (subject to change):

4:30 am to 8:00 am - Mangala Arati and Morning Program
8:00 am to 10:00 am - Special Caitanya Caritamrta Class 
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Nectarean Bhajans for Lord Caitanya 
6:00 pm to 6:30 pm - Arati
6:30 pm to 7:20 pm - Class - Ananda Gauranga das
7:20 pm to 8:00 pm - Abhisheka (Bathing of Deities)
8:00 pm to 8:30 pm - Kirtan (Arati)
8:30 pm - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)

**Please note that the vegetarian feast will be following ekadasi guidelines (made without grains)**

A warm invitation goes out to you and your family for this larger-than-life festival as we celebrate the auspicious advent of the appearance of Lord Caitanya!