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, April 15, 2014

Vaishnava C.A.R.E. Seminar

"And whoever, at the end of his life, quits his body remembering Me alone at once attains My nature. Of this there is no doubt" (Bhagavad-gita 8.5) 

Srila Prabhupada displayed the most caring, loving, compassionate and personal qualities! This seminar will be presented by Her Grace Sangita devi dasi, a senior Prabhupada disciple from the U.S. Her grace is a very knowledgeable registered and hospice nurse with many years of medical and spiritual experience. She is also the founder of ISKCON's Vaishnava's C.A.R.E (Counselling, Assistance, Resource and Education for the Terminally Ill and Family) and author of The Final Journey, the most practical guide on passing away of a devotee.

Learn the art of caring for a dying devotee in our community. The following topics and more will be covered:

  • Krishna Consciousness and Hospice Philosophy
  • Holistic Care for Terminally Ill Devotees
  • Communicating with One Who is Dying
  • Stages of Loss and Grief
  • Personal Awareness Activities
  • What is End-of-Life Spiritual Pain?
  • How Can YOU Help? 
Here's the tentative schedule:
10am-12:30pm - First part of the seminar 
12:30pm-1:00pm - Lunch break
1:00pm-3:30pm - Second part of the seminar 


Registration is mandatory; please sign up here. Suggested donations are to be determined.

Please join us and learn how you can be part of ISKCON Toronto's first V-Care team.


Stay tuned for more details!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Deity Darshan: Rama Navami










Click below for more Darshanpictures from Rama Navami Celebrations on Tuesday, April 8th:
 Post by ISKCON Toronto: The Hare Krishna Centre.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Next Town Hall - Sunday, April 20th - 3:30PM

We are very excited to announce that ISKCON Toronto will be hosting our next Town Hall on Sunday, April 20th, 2014 from 3:30pm 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. This Town Hall will be different in that we will have our auditor present to go over the past year's financials and aid in answering any financial question the community may have.

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 email us at templecouncil@torontokrishna.com.

We hope to see you on Sunday, April 20th - 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

Double Rama Navami Celebrations!

This year, Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre will mark the appearance day of Lord Rama (also known as Rama Navami) on two separate occasions this upcoming week! This Sunday, April 6th, we will begin the celebrations with a dramatic presentation by Bhaktimarga Swami entitled, "Little Big Ramayana" that will surely have everyone excited. This will be followed by evening celebrations on Tuesday, April 8th, which is the actual day of celebration. We are pleased to have our special guest, Narayani devi dasi lead us in discourse on Lord Rama on that day. 

  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.

We hope that everyone can join us for these celebrations!

Sunday, April 6th Schedule (subject to change):

5:45pm - 6:00pm: Tulasi Arati
6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arati and Kirtan
6:30pm - 6:35pm: Welcome and Announcements
6:35pm - 6:45pm: Prelude to Dramatic Presentation
6:45pm - 7:15pm: Dramatic Presentation "Little Big Ramayana" by Bhaktimarga Swami
7:15pm - 8:00pm: Prasadam (Vegetarian Feast)
8:00pm - 8:30pm: Arati and Kirtan

Tuesday, April 8th Schedule (subject to change):

6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arati and Kirtan
6:30pm - 6:35pm: Welcome and Announcements
6:35pm - 7:15pm: Special Class by Narayani devi dasi
7:15pm - 7:30pm: Arati for Lord Rama
7:30pm - 8:00pm: Prasadam (Vegetarian Feast)
8:00pm - 8:30pm: Arati and Kirtan

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Upcoming Seminar - Sraddha to Nistha and Beyond

We are very excited to announce an upcoming seminar entitled, "Sraddha to Nistha and Beyond" with Her Grace Narayani devi dasi from Friday, April 4th - Sunday, April 6th at the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple.

Devotional service begins with a seed of faith (sraddha), which is nurtured through association and devotional practices, and gradually progressing through the various stages of bhakti, prema or love of God develops. Through this seminar series, Narayani devi dasi will share philosophical insights as well as practical tips for one to fast track their bhakti journey.

Her Grace Narayani devi dasi joined ISKCON in Boston in 1970. She has done many services for Srila Prabhupada including Deity worship in Calcutta temple, traveling book distribution in Western India for the Bombay temple and teaching Bhakti Sastri, Bhakti Vaibhava and Bhaktivedanta courses in the VIHE in Vrndavana. She helped write the VTE curriculum for Bhakti Sastri and has written three books: Srimad Bhagavatam At a Glance, Garden of Devotion and Bhagavad-Gita at a Glance.

Details (click on flyer for more info):

Class One: Strengthening Faith
Friday, April 4th; 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Class Two: Overcoming Obstacles
Saturday, April 5th; 7:45am - 9:00am

Class Three: Gaining Taste
Sunday, April 6th; 7:45am - 9:00am

As always, prasadam (vegetarian meal) will be served after each class. Donates are welcome to cover seminar costs. If you have any questions, please email us at info@torontokrishna.com .


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Open House: "Krishna Conscious Education for Our Children

Education is a cornerstone of society and for our Hare Krishna community at large. Many parents are
interested in providing meaningful, spiritual knowledge to their children to ensure they have a nourishing childhood. Further, there has been a keen interest among the GTA community in exploring various options for Krishna Conscious education for our children, ranging from home-schooling, home-schooling co-op, a devotional day care and even a full-fledged school.

While some parents have been already researching these topics independently, we felt that it would be valuable to come together and share our ideas and experience as a group. With this intention, the ISKCON Toronto Education Team is organizing an Open House entitled, "Bringing Krishna Conscious Education to Toronto" on Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 10:00am - 12:00pm to discuss these very options. Our hope is that together, we can come up with some exciting opportunities for Krishna Conscious education in and for our community.

Open House Details:

Bringing Krishna Conscious Education to Toronto
Date and Time: Saturday, April 19, 2014; 10:00am - 12:00pm
Venue: ISKCON Toronto, Green Room

Lunch Prasadam (vegetarian meal) will be served after the event.

To RSVP for this event, please click here to register. If you have any questions or suggestions, you can email us at kids@torontokrishna.com .