Karma Sonam Dargye Ling (KSDL) is a Tibetan Buddhist Temple located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. KSDL is the Canadian Seat of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, of the Karma Kagyu lineage. It was founded in 1976 under the direction of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, who installed the Venerable Lama Namse Rinpoche as the first Resident Lama. Upon Lama Namse Rinpoche's passing in 2009, Lama Tenzin Dakpa was appointed to be the new Resident Lama by the present day Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, in accordance with the wishes of Lama Namse Rinpoche.
KSDL is a Vajrayana Dharma Centre offering weekly and monthly meditation classes and deity practice. Calm Abiding sessions take place every Tuesday, and on weekends we offer a Green Tara practice on Saturday mornings, the practices of Calling The Lama From Afar, White Tara and Chenrezig on Sunday mornings, and a Tibetan Language Class Sunday afternoon. Our monthly schedule includes the practices of Medicine Buddha, Chod, Mahakala and Karma Pakshi. Our yearly special events include Vajrakilaya, Amitabha, Kon Chok Chik Du, and more. Please see SCHEDULE for updates.
KSDL is honored to host teachings by Resident Lama Tenzin and visiting teachers. Over the years we have blessed with the good fortune to host many accomplished masters such as His Holiness Sakya Trizin, Her Eminence Khandro Rinpoche, the Ven. Mingyur Rinpoche, Kyabje Yong Ling Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsulnam Rinpoche, and innumerable other illustrious scholars and teachers. These teachings are open to all, by donation.
In 2017 we received the great blessing of hosting His Holiness the 17th Karmapa on his first tour through Canada, in conjunction with the Karma Kagyu Association of Canada. Organized by KSDL and the other Kagyu temples of the Toronto area, His Holiness spoke at the University of Toronto and at the Enercare Centre, which drew an audience of almost 5000 people. In 2019 HH the Karmapa was invited to return to deliver a three-day teaching, but was unfortunately forced to cancel at the last minute. In spite of his inability to tech in person, over 4000 devotees attended the illustrious Beanfield Centre to receive the teachings and blessing of His Holiness via webcast.
In addition to the practice schedule at the temple, KSDL organizes an annual Kagyu Monlam, a 3-day prayer gathering at an outside venue which draws at least 30 Sangha members and over 500 participants. KSDL also provides a yearly, weeklong retreat in a natural environment such as on the shores of Rice Lake or Georgian Bay.
KSDL runs several projects in an effort to benefit others. We built and maintain a hospital in the remote region of Yushu, Tibet, where medical care was previously difficult to access. KSDL has also hosted a 7-week fulltime Tibetan Language Camp for the last seven summers, which draws over 80 Tibetan youth annually. At the camp, the students study Tibetan language, meditation and traditional Tibetan dance, and also enjoy swimming, meditating and picnicking in a natural environment. Your support for this camp would be really appreciated by the teachers, parents and campers.
KSDL is developing plans to build a new temple and residence for His Holiness the 17th Karmapa on the land we presently own. To this end, Lama Tenzin and the members of KSDL have been working on the plans and meeting with the Toronto City Planning Dept for some time now, and we are glad to report that soon we willbe receiving the building permit. We look forward to creating a temple in the traditional Tibetan style, which will provide a more spacious venue for prayer, meditation, and community events, improved quarters for resident and visiting lamas, and a comfortable residence for His Holiness when he returns to visit and teach in Toronto. We invite you to be a part of this very exciting and auspicious endeavor. Please see PROJECTS for more information on how you can donate to the hospital in Tibet and/or the Tibetan Heritage camp and/or the New Temple Project. Thank you for your kindness.
KSDL will continue to pursue it's goal of providing a haven for interested people of all ethnicities and backgrounds to study, contemplate and practice Tibetan Buddhism, along with the goal of providing a shelter for the preservation of Tibetan philosophy, art, dance, music, customs and language . We are devoted to community outreach programs, and are happy to provide a venue for special events such as end-of-life services, weddings and community gatherings.
Karma Sonam is dependent upon donations to maintain its programs, so your contribution is vital for our endeavors to flourish. For information on KSDL membership please see the MEMBERSHIP link. May you be greatly blessed for your generosity.
May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness. May all who enter our site, and all beings in this world, be blessed with a continuous rain of Dharma blessings. Sarva mangalam!