Mabinti Dennis
Chair of the Board, Shambhala Meditation Center of Toronto


Mabinti Dennis has been studying and practicing mindfulness meditation through the Shambhala
Meditation tradition for over 25 years. After many years of practicing meditation, she trained as a
Meditation Instructor.
Mabinti came to recognize the value and benefits of meditation which she uses in her daily life as well as
shares this ancient practice with others through training and facilitating workshops. She co-facilitated
meditation workshops and weekend retreats at the Juniper Hill Retreat Centre, the Shambhala
Meditation Centre of Toronto as well as at community organizations such as Niwasa Aboriginal Head
Start, Eight Branches Healing Art Centre, Warden Woods Community Centre and Family Day Care
Services. She incorporates mindfulness practice in her professional work with children, youth and adults
with families to create a mindfulness space in their homes. She has facilitated meditation workshop with
youth in the Black community who are in transition from prison to school, community and home life.
Mabinti holds a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors from York University and a Diploma with High Honors
from Seneca College in Early Childhood Education. She also holds certificates in Foundation in Applied
Mindfulness Meditation, Applied Mindfulness Mediation Specialist, and Mindfulness Without Borders
Curriculum from Factor-Inwentash, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, and a certificate in
Counselling Skills from the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre-Gail Apell Institute. She is one of the co-founder and
chair of the Shambhala People of Colour Scholarship fund that support POC in their studies in the
Shambhala linage.
Mabinti’s work involves mindfulness practice through the use of meditation, deep breathing and
relaxation techniques. She is dedicated to introducing mindfulness practice to communities and
individuals who have not yet been exposed to or learned the value and benefits of these methods.
She works as a clinician in the social service sector with children who are developmentally challenged
and children who are facing life-threatening health issues. She studies and practices with Sakyong
Mipham Rinpoche, the spiritual leader of the Shambhala Community worldwide.


Presenting Breakout Session: How POC scholarship inspire POC to become leaders in Shambhala

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