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.

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
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!



Register Now for ISKCON Disciples Course - July 31 - August 3

Please mark your dates for the second ISKCON Disciples Course in Toronto from Friday, July 31st - Monday, August 3rd. This course has been developed by the GBC (Governing Body Commission) and shall be a mandatory pre-requisite for all devotees accepting first OR second initiation by an ISKCON guru, effective Janmastami 2015. We encourage all devotees to try their best to attend and also request your help in spreading the word for the course.

This course will cover several important aspects, including:

- The importance of accepting initiation in disciplic succcession
- Srila Prabhupada's special position
- How to select a spiritual master
- Relationships in a multi-guru environment
- Parallel lines of authority and much more...

The course will be facilitated by HG Laxmimoni devi dasi, who is a senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada. She has been involved in ISKCON educational projects since 1974. Now, she is a member of the GBC Ministry of Educational Development and a GBC Deputy.

We kindly ask anyone who is interested in attending to please fill out a preliminary registration form by clicking here.


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!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Community Town Hall - Sun, Feb 22, 2015 - *** TO BE LIVE BROADCASTED ***

UPDATE - The Town Hall will be broadcast live right here on the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple website.  Please log in at 4pm on Sunday in case you are unable to join us in person!

We are very excited to announce that ISKCON Toronto will be hosting our next Town Hall on Sunday, February 22, 2015 from 4:00pm 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.

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 fill out our form by clicking here or email us at templecouncil@torontokrishna.com.  You can also visit the Temple Council's website at templecouncil.torontokrishna.com.

We hope to see you on Sunday, February 22nd - 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

Siva Ratri - Celebrations this Sunday, February 22, 2015!

This Sunday, February 22, 2015, Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple will be celebrating Siva Ratri.*
Siva Ratri literally translates as “the Night of Lord Siva.” Lord Siva is described as “the greatest Vaishnava (devotee of Lord Krishna)"; as such, this week's Sunday  Feast will be dedicated to honouring Lord Siva.

The tentative schedule is as follows:

6:00pm to 6:30pm - Arati
6:30pm to 6:35pm - Welcome and Announcements
6:35pm to 7:15pm - Class by HG Bhakti Yoga Prabhu
7:15pm to 7:30pm - Abhisheka (bathing ceremony) for Lord Siva
7:30pm to 8:00pm - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)
8:00pm to 8:30pm - Arati


*Please note that the actual day of Siva Ratri was on Tuesday, February 17, but the festival will be celebrated at the temple on Sunday, February 22.  

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sankirtan 101 Seminar - Friday, February 20th, 2015

"For one who explains this supreme secret to the devotees, pure devotional service is guaranteed, and at the end he will come back to Me. There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he, nor will there ever be one more dear." (Bhagavad-gita 18.68-69)

Sharing Krishna consciousness with others is surely like an express highway to becoming dear to Lord Krishna and this coming weekend you will have an opportunity to equip yourself with the best tools and techniques in achieving this cherished goal. Gain inspiration and empowerment through a special seminar Sankirtan 101!

So whether you are a seasoned veteran, or just an aspiring book distributor, this seminar is for you! Please come, get inspired and inspire others through your desire to share Krishna consciousness!

The seminar will take place at the Hare Krishna Temple on Friday, February 20th from 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information please contact 647.400.0564/toronto.sankirtan@gmail.com


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Deity Darshan: Lord Nityananda's Appearance day


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

**UPDATED: Extended Program** Nityananda Trayodasi - Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015

One of the sweetest festivals of the year Nityananda Trayodasi (appearance day) will fall on Sunday, February 1st! A warm invitation goes out to you and your family to join us as we celebrate the advent (appearance) of Lord Nityananda.

Lord Nityananda (also known as Nityananda Prabhu, Nitai, Nityananda Balarama) appeared hundreds of years ago as Lord Chaitanya’s principal associate for spreading the congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord. He is considered an incarnation of Lord Balarama.

This festival is a special one for ISKCON Toronto and often features very sweet, intimate and spiritually-soaked festivities! This year, we will begin with a 6 Hour Kirtan, starting at 12pm. Come join us as we celebrate Lord Nityananda through non-stop melodious kirtan, which will lead us straight to our Sunday Feast program that will feature a class as well as wonderful treat from our Sunday FunSkool!

Please join us!

Schedule (subject to change):
12:00pm - 6:00pm: 6 Hour Kirtan (schedule and details will be up shortly)
6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arati and Kirtan
6:30pm - 6:35pm: Welcome and Announcements
6:35pm - 7:20pm: Class
7:20pm - 7:45pm: Presentation by Sunday FunSkool
7:45pm - 8:30pm: Kirtan and Arati at 8:00pm
8:30pm: Vegetarian Feast