Vajrayana Buddhism Association

Welcome to Vajrayana Buddhism Association

Our centre teaches Mahayana Buddhism and meditation based on the Nyingma tradition under the direction of Dorje Jigdral Master Tam.

General Meditation Class

Vajrayana Buddhism Association's general meditation class has run every Saturday 10:30am to 12 noon for the past ten years and is open to the public. The recent discussion is on a practice called "preliminary practice." Though intended for more seasoned practitioner, it is surprisingly suited for beginners as well, thus the name "preliminary" for its "bridging the gap" quality.

Everyone is welcome. Free of charge.

Address: 705 Middlefield Road, Unit B212. Free parking available. Accessible via TTC (

Trudeau Gala 2015

"Q&A with Master Tam on the Canadian Election"

Why does he support the Liberals?
“Considering the history of the NDP, they have a tendency to overspend. The fear is if they rack up a huge deficit, tax increase is the inevitable outcome. Harper’s Conservatives have aligned themselves too close to the US. The allegiance is not the problem, being too close is.”

What is so special about the Liberals?
“The Liberals have put a focus on the middle-class. Paying attention to the middle-class is better than paying attention to the rich. Some may worry that the disenfranchised would be neglected. In my opinion, this should not be the case. Making the rich and the corporate pay up is very difficult. By taking care of the middle-class, and after all, the majority of taxpayers belong to the middle-class, they are better equipped to support the country. In turn, the disenfranchised are also better taken care of.”

Some criticized Trudeau for lacking political experience.
“Trudeau may appear lacking in experience. He had his start as a teacher and should understand the kind of hardship experienced by the middle-class. Speaking of political experience, there are many within his team and the party that can more than make up for the inexperience. As far as I know, he receives a great deal of support from Liberal Ministers and MPs, past and present. If judging on experience alone, such as the likes of Harper, you risk ruling with an iron fist.”

Entering the Ninth Decade
A Joint Painting Exhibition Celebrating Tam Shek-Wing’s 81st Birthday
Date: June 1-10, Ontario Chinese Artists Association (3838 Midland Avenue, Midland and Steeles). Opening ceremony: June 1 at noon.

Birthday Greetings from dignitaries to Master Tam.

This year is the first year into my ninth decade. According to tradition, this birthday is more significant than celebrating the 80th birthday. In the old days, men celebrate both birthdays. For women, the big celebration falls on the first year into the new decade. As the Chinese idiom goes, “men on the line, women on the first,” it is not that men only care about the birthday every ten years, rather, the emphasis is that for women the big birthday is on the first year. ... read more

On Expedience
In discussing the Buddhist practice, the word “expedience” tends to go hand in hand with “wisdom.” One slant of expedience can be seen as “appropriate to the situation,” as in, there exists... read more

Stay tuned for announcements for upcoming classes in the GTA in 2015!

Master Tam's 80th birthday celebration. May 15, 2014
Master Tam's friends, families and students near and afar came to celebrate his birthday that spanned 3 days in Richmond Hill. Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly presented him with greetings from the Ontario Premier and Prime Minister.

More photos...

Master Tam's 80th birthday art exhibition:
Metro Hall, Toronto April 27- May 2nd, 2014

The art exhibition opened at Metro Hall rotunda on Sunday, April 27th by several prominent government officials and scholar, including Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, Richmond Hill Councillor Castro Liu, York Professor Giblon, MPP Bas Balkissoon, Toronto Councillor Chin-Lee, former minister Raymond Chan, PRC Consulate General Shi Xiao-Guang. They have been long time friends and have great admiration for Master Tam's Chinese painting. Master Tam turns 80 in May and he likens his birthday to turning 18 into adulthood. That's why he invited 18 other artists to join him in this art showcase: A celebration of Life.

Congratulatory Message from the
Minister of Canadian Heritage, Shelly Glover

A Personal Message from MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan

Westerners Approaching Chinese Painting



Produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

Two Artists One Stroke Exhibit – Cutting Ribbon Ceremony
Norm Kelley, Toronto Deputy Mayor, Bas Balkissoon, Liberal MPP, Richmond Hill Councillor Castro Liu and Consul Shi XiaoGuang from the Consulate General of PR of China were present at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the joint art and photography exhibit of Master of Master Tam, a renowned Chinese painter and Buddhist scholar and Dr. Fraser Shein, a Canadian photographer on Monday, 4th November, 2013 at Metro Hall.
One Stroke literally translated from Chinese is more than just a line. Rather is the flow of the mind of a painter into his brush stroke or the photographer capturing the moment in an instant. Though both of these 2 artists have different backgrounds and styles, their expressions of shapes and lines is seen in these beautiful artwork that ran from November 4-8th.

Video Part I  Part II

Listen Fraser's interview at Metro Morning

Photos of cutting ribbon ceremony

View more of Master Tam's artwork

General Meditation
Students will continue to learn more formal meditation practice like the Dumo Fire, Non Duality of Mind and Breathing and Mantra chanting. With guided meditation practice and view, students will balance their mind and body, understand their mind on a more profound level (wisdom), arouse their bodhicitta and awareness to vitality and be on the path to natural liberation.

Time: Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon

Introduction to Meditation
This twice a year workshops will not offered in 2013. However students who are interested in learning meditation can attend the General Meditation classes or contact for more information.

Natural Appearance, Natural Liberation
A Nyingma Meditative Guide on the Six Bardos of Living and Dying
Author: Master Tam Shek-Wing
Forword: Tulku Thondup Rinpoche

This commentary is based on the six bardos teachings from a series of hidden treasure texts known as the Profound Dharma of Natural Liberation through the intention of the Peaceful and Wrathful Ones, discovered by the great terton Karma Lingpa. This book not only contains very practical advice on the bardos, or intermediate states of living and dying, but also has many teachings of the Nyingma tantric tradition embedded in it.
The intention of the text is to condense the very deep and profound tantric teachings of the six bardos into practices approachable by all sentient beings so that many can swiftly attain various states of liberation. This book offers a scholarly but accessible explanation of the ancient wisdom embedded in this ancient Buddhist classic.

This book is available for purchase on:
Wisdom Books
Barnes and Noble

Intermediate Meditation
In this course, students will learn the theoretical path to enlightenment based on the tathagatagarbha doctrine. They delve deeper into how the mind and sensory receptors fabricate the conceptual reality through symbolic representations and attachments.
Students will study the different views like the 8 consciousness in Yogacara teachings, the 4 interdependent originations, the central thinking in Dzogchen teachings, non-dualism and the 2 Truths. All these teachings are the expedient devices to liberate the mind from conceptual reality to absolute reality.
Integrating the different sets of meditative practices and the body of teachings will help students easier to experience and continually maintain the primordial awareness state that is free from concepts.
For schedule click here.

Dakini of Ocean of Wisdom
A monthly group meditation practice for empowered students.
See times and schedules.

 From Our Members
Bridging the gap
On Expedience
Below the Fold (3/3)
Below the Fold (2/3)
Below the Fold (1/3)
Can your mind ride a bicycle?
Blue Sky
On Meditation
Event Calendar
VBA Hong Kong
Toronto Star's coverage of our meditation workshop "From Material to Mental", dated May 30th 2005
 Event and Activities
Vajrayana Wordpress
Message Board – check out class schedule and cancellations
Zen of Emptiness and Existence
The Path
 Related Site Links
The Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Studies Association in North America (STBSA)
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