Snow Lion: The Meditation Shop

Meditation Cushions & Meditation Essentials

This year we are celebrating!!!

40 Years in Business

1978 - 2018

Weekly Mindfulness Meditation drop-in classes are offered in Toronto. Teachings are secular-based but drawn from Buddhist sources.

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Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice... No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out.

- Thich Nhat Hanh

Snow Lion's mission is to support individuals and the spiritual/Dharma communities of Toronto, Ontario, and Canada with information/lectures and spiritual/meditation essentials; for the purpose of assisting and guiding people on their journey toward discovery and recognition of the true nature of life.

The store was founded in 1978 under the name "Tibetan Arts and Crafts" mainly to support the Tibetan refugees through making their handicrafts available in Toronto. In 1980, the name was changed to the now "Snow Lion". The Snow Lion is a mythical creature portrayed in Buddhist art as the protector, supporter and upholder of the throne of wisdom and compassion. We believe that Snow Lion embodies this energy and in this light, we offer meditation supplies (zafu cushions and zabuton mats made on premise), spiritual essentials, books, statues and ritual items. Snow Lion services the expanding spiritual/Dharma communities and those searching for a path to inner peace. The store is a haven of tranquility and peace that is felt by all those entering through her doors.

We consider it an honour to serve those on their journey, whether it is through a path of meditation with a view toward stress reduction and tranquility or as a spiritual practice. Our products assist meditation and yoga centers, temples and the general public.

Snow Lion also offers lectures throughout the year in wisdom teachings which include topics on healing, meditation, death and dying and the nature and journey of transformation. All are offered at no cost. Spiritual teachers, guides and facilitators of diverse faiths are invited to share these teachings, that reveal us all as one.

Thus by the virtue collected
Through all that I have done,
May the pain of every living creature
Be completely cleared away!

May I be the doctor and the medicine
And may I be the nurse
For the sick beings in the world
Until everyone is healed!

May a rain of flood and drink descend
To clear away the pain of thirst and hunger,
And during the eon of famine
May I myself change into food and drink!

May I become an inexhaustible treasure
For those who are poor and destitute;
May I turn into all things they need
And may these be placed close beside them!

Whether those who encounter me
Conceive a faithful or angry thought,
May that always become the source
For fulfilling all their wishes!

May all who say bad things to me
Or cause me any other harm,
And those who mock and insult me
Have the fortune to awaken fully!

May I be a Savior of those without one,
A guide for all travelers on the way;

May I be a bridge, a boat, and a ship
For all who wish too cross the water!

May I be an island for those who seek one,
And a lamp for those desiring light!
May I be a bed for all who wish to rest.

May I be a wishing jewel, a magic vase,
Powerful mantras, and great medicine,
May I be a wish-fulfilling tree,
And a cow of plenty for the world!

Just like space
And the great elements such as earth,
May I always support the life
Of all the countless creatures!

And until they pass away from pain,
May I also be the source of life
For all the realms of varied beings
That reach unto the ends of space!

Just as the previous Sugatas
Conceived the Spirit of Enlightenment,
And just as they successively lived
In the Bodhisattva practices

Likewise for the sake of all that lives
Do I conceive the Spirit of
And likewise shall I too
Successively follow the practices.


Jim Bedard
Jim Bedard has been practicing Buddhist meditation for 25 years. He became a student of Roshi Kapleau in the early 80's and a disciple of Sensei Sunyana Graef in 1996. Jim has also practiced for several years in the Theravada tradition. He sits with a group in Peterborough where he gives dharma talks and offers private instruction.

Adele Brown MSW RSW
Adele Brown is a Registered Social Worker and has a private practice in Toronto and the Owen Sound area. Along with her general practice, she also specializes in Grief and Bereavement Counselling. Adele takes a holistic approach and understands that the spiritual component is not separated from life’s crisis and difficulties. Adele is sensitive to different faith systems including Buddhist philosophy and psychology, Christianity and Earth-centered spirituality. She believes that every individual is innately connected to their source of healing but through life’s conditioning and experiences that connection is veiled. Her practice reflects and honours the conviction that through support and guidance we can move toward the realization of our true nature. Adele uses a variety of modalities to facilitate healing.

Lama Sonam Gyatso
Lama Sonam Gyatso received the higher ordination as Karma Konchog Sonam Gelong, from H.H. the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa at the Dharmachakra Monastery in Rumtek, Sikkim, in 1972. Sonam then lived the life of a Buddhist monk for ten years. Returning to Canada in 1982, he received the lama couple ordination from the Ven. Kalu Rinpoche, the Ven. Sayadow U Thila Wunta and the Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche. During twenty years of constant travel and meditation retreat work with Namgyal Rinpoche, he met and studied with H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa, H.H. Sakya Trizen, the Ven. Kalu Rinpoche and other high lamas, receiving all the major Empowerments of the Tibetan lineages. He also translated numerous Sadhanas and Wongkur texts into English. In 1998, after further retreat work, Sonam Gyatso was authorized by Namgyal Rinpoche to transmit the Vajrayana Empowerments and has since visited several centers to give WongKur and teachings.

Charlene Jones MA M.Ed
Charlene D. Jones received dreams as a small child which gave her the key to staying alive during a life and death situation in her teens. She met her root guru Karma Tensing Dorje Namgyal Rimpoche at 18 who understood the power of dreams as meditation and a path to liberation. She travelled to India with her guru and during that time was initiated by His Holiness Chogyam Rimpoche, His Holiness Sakya Trinsen and also met with the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. Charlene was the first woman Chairperson of the Dharma Center of Canada and in this capacity, hosted His Holiness the Karmapa on his visit to Canada in 1977. She travelled and studied for several years before entering university and completing two masters degrees. In 1998, Charlene completed a yearlong retreat on dreams and bodywork. and uses these vehicles, along with meditation, to assist others in experiencing their True Nature. She is co-author of two books of poetry, has twelve years experience of performance poetry, and is most proud of being the mother of a wonderful son.

Ajahn Kusalo
Ajahn Kusalo, originally from New Zealand, spent much of his lay life in the building industry. In 1990 he moved to the monastery in Wellington, New Zealand and ordained as a monk in 1992. After five years, he moved to the Amaravati Monastery in England. There, in addition to his monastic duties, he was involved in family and youth activities and developed a range of educational resources. He currently resides in Ontario.

Musa Muhaiyaddeen (Emanuel Levin)
Musa Muhaiyaddeen (Emanuel Levin) is a direct disciple of the Sufi Master, Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, one of the most revered Sufi teachers in the 20th century. . He has travelled to many parts of the world lecturing on the wisdom and meaning within the Sufi teachings. Musa Muhaiyaddeen is president of the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship in Philadelphia.

Philip Starkman MSW
Philip Starkman MSW is a Psychotherapist and Lifestyle Counsellor.. He has been practicing meditation for over 40 years and is the teacher of Spring Rain Sangha in Toronto. As a young man, Philip’s search for answers led him to teachers and teachings in many different countries. He had his first profound 'mystical' experience in Jerusalem but it was Hindu meditation traditions that gave him a focus and discipline that formed the foundation for future practices and led him to seek out authentic teachers in India. Spending four years there, he was introduced to Buddhist Vajrayana by Geshe Ngawang Dhagyey whom the Dalai Lama had appointed in the 1970's to teach Westerners. Later, there was a retreat with Goenkaji and teachings in Bodh Gaya with the Dalai Lama. It was in 1982 however, while in retreat in Burma at the Mahasi Sayadaw Centre, that Philip really dove into the BuddhaDharma. The renown Vipassana teacher U Pandita was the head teacher under Mahasi Sayadaw. The profundity of the Abhidharma teachings hooked him. His training as a psychotherapist immediately found resonance in this expanded understanding of the psyche. A brief stay in a forest monastery in Thailand was followed by another big practice dive. This time into the midst of Japanese Zen under Tangen Roshi in Obama Japan. The years in Japan were followed by more Vipassana, as well as Vajrayana practice in North America and India. (

Rev. Wayne Walder
Rev. Wayne Walder is the minister of the neighbourhood Unitarian Congregation, a multifaith community in Toronto. He has had the opportunity to live in Christian, Sufi & Buddhist communities.

Please note that due to the quantity of emails received, response time will vary. The lectures and opinions of our presenters are not necessarily representative of those of Snow Lion.