The Gyalwa Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje's main centre in Canada, the Karma Kagyu Centre of Toronto (now Karma Sonam Dargye Ling) was established in 1976 to provide access to the teachings and practice of Buddhism in the Tibetan tradition. During a 1980 visit to Toronto, the Karmapa installed Choje Lama Namse Rinpoche as resident teacher at the Karma Kagyu Centre as well as his personal representative in Canada. After Lama Namse Rinpoche's passing in 2009, Lama Tenzin was appointed by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa as the new Resident Lama of the temple. Karma Sonam Dargye Ling (KSDL) has grown and thrived over the past years, and has moved through a variety of locations. Our last incarnation was a large building which we fully renovated in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It was a beautiful practice centre, and many wondrous teachings and events took place there over the years. However, during this time, the Tibetan population of Toronto has swelled to almost 5,000 people and most of them have settled in the Parkdale region of Toronto. Due to the distance to our location it was difficult for the Tibetan people to travel there, especially as many of them are aged and could not afford the transportation costs, so the members and Board of Director's agreed with Lama Tenzin's suggestion that we should build our temple where it could benefit the greatest number of beings.
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The new temple will be located amongst the Tibetan community of Parkdale in Toronto and will provide a local centre for Canadian Tibetans-In-Exile to come for the practice of kora, lamp offerings, special celebrations, weekly pujas, and more. The Parkdale location is also easy to reach by public transit or by car for those members who do not live in the area. We have since sold the last property at good profit and have bought a property in the Parkdale area with a small house on it which we plan to replace with a shining new Tibetan temple built according to traditional Tibetan design. Since we have moved, the small temporary practice space we now have in Parkdale has been overwhelmingly full with grateful Tibetans and enthusiastic Westerners, which has verified that the new location of the planned temple will benefit many, many beings. It is a great comfort for the Tibetan refugees to find a familiar place to congregate and find spiritual solace when they are so divorced from their homeland. As of yet we do not have the funds necessary to complete the building of the new temple, and we are reaching out to all of those who would like to contribute to making a reality of this wonderful aspiration.

The plans for the new temple include quarters for H.H.The Karmapa, rooms for Lamas and monks, a library, an office and a bookstore, a Tara Shrine room and a large central shrine room which will incorporate the KSDL shrine much as it is today. The lower level will have a modern, large kitchen and dining room/hall with a small stage at one end.
The new dining room/hall and kitchen would be suitable for weddings, birthday parties, Tibetan yoga classes, and more. There will be Tibetan Language Classes for both the children of immigrated Tibetans and for Canadian people who are interested in studying and preserving the language of Tibet. Likewise, we will continue classes of traditional Tibetan cooking and the ancient art of Tibetan thangkha painting. Our new centre's primary function is to celebrate and preserve the rich culture of Tibet for both Westerners and the growing Tibetan-in-exile community.
The new temple will be fully accessible for physically disabled persons. Using energy efficient design principles and low impact building materials, the temple will maximize the use of passive solar radiation, daylite lighting and geothermal energy to lower operating and maintenance costs.

Second Floor Plan

Lama Tenzin had a mo done by Sangye Nyenpa at Sherabling in India who said the result was positive and that it would be a successful undertaking. He also consulted with H.H. The Karmapa, who has agreed it is a worthwhile endeavour and given us his blessing (please see the letter from HHK)
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Our members and attendees are many, but we do not have an affluent Sangha, and are unable to raise the necessary funds through our own donations. It is imperative that we seek out donors who wish to contribute to maintaining the culture and religion of Tibet in the world at large, and in Canada in particular. Your donation would mean an enormous amount to so many. As His Holiness the 17th Karmapa becomes more able to travel, it is also important that he have a home at his seat in Canada that is suitable for His Holiness. The future of the Dharma in Canada is in the hands of our donors. Please contribute that the dharma may grow and flourish around the world. We thank you heartfeltedly for your generosity. Sarva Mangalam.


Details of Lama Namse Rinpoche's funeral ceremony can be found here.

A message from Lama Namse Rinpoche to all his students

The Centre is at 7 Laxton Avenue.

For information about programs and special events, please contact Lama Tenzin at

Karma Sonam Dargye Ling

Tibetan Buddhist Centre

KSDL is a Charitable Organisation  & Tax Deductible

Karma Sonam Dargye Ling(KSDL) was established in 1976 in Canada, Toronto. It is a registered charity organization under Canada Revenue Agency. You can also visit Canada Revenue Agency and lookup our organization.

We also accept donations through PayPal. Please send your donations to

Your donation is tax deductible. We appreciate your kindness and generosity.

How to donate

Karma Sonam Dargye Ling's bank is TD Canada Trust, 521 St Clair Ave West, Toronto, Ontario M6C 1A1. Telephone: 416-653-3507.
The number of the KSDL Account is 1760-5202197. The branch code for the St. Clair branch is 17602.

Please send via email to Paul Fanning at
or Valerie White at
to be deposited directly into the KSDL account.

Please make out cheques to Karma Sonam Dargye Ling (not KSDL) and send or deliver to
Karma Sonam Dargye Ling 154 Windermere Ave, Toronto, ON, M6S 3J7 Please indicate what it is a donation for. Please do not send cash in the mail. > >
(for amounts of $100 or less)

May All Beings be happy and have the causes of happiness!