My Speech at the Multifaith Celebrations Invictus Games in Toronto

2017 Invictus Games Multifaith Celebration taken place today at the St. James Cathedral in Downtown Toronto. Along with many faith leaders of Canada, I feel privileged to be invited to speak and give blessings at this occasion. Invictus Games was founded in 2014 by Prince Harry. The games will kick off later this week. Sending all healing energies and blessings to all athletes who are coming from over 20 countries to emerge victorious! Here is a clip of my speech.

Mindful Canada Symposium – Making Canada a More Mindful and Kinder Nation with the Urban Buddhist Monk

Hello friends,
Together, we can make a nation more mindful and kinder! This is our official poster for upcoming Mindful Canada Symposium. I hope you could help me spread the word by posting this flyer in your social media timeline. Thank you for your assistance. Visit our event website here.
With many blessings !
Bhante Saranapala
The Urban Buddhist Monk

Loving-kindness Meditation for Canadian Police

Loving-kindness Meditation for Canadian Police

I am so moved by seeing this video clip of yesterday’s program with the police officers who visited our temple. This video clip is a must-watch one by everyone. It gives a great joy to see police officers are honestly practicing the loving-kindness meditation with me. Once again yesterday it was such a great privilege to spend two hours with this group of officers from the Peel Regional Police. Last June, Constable Cameron Walker of the Peel Regional Police said to me that “Given the great success of our last visit with you I would love to send our next group of recruits who will be back from training at the Ontario Police College to learn more about your temple and the benefits of Buddhism and meditation.” I happily received them today. After an hour long lecture on Buddhist teachings, I taught them how to do loving-kindness meditation for the benefit of the officers as well as all of all sentient beings. After the program all officers enjoyed some Sri Lankan traditional short-eats and then they joyfully left our temple with positive experiences. Making Canada a More Mindful and Kinder Nation with the Urban Buddhist Monk. Please visit our website for the Mindful Canada Symposium taking place on October 8th at the Beanfield Centre, Toronto: www.canadaamindfulnation.ca
Thank you and many blessings !
Bhante Saranapala
The Urban Buddhist Monk
Click here for pictures of this program


Breaking News! Mindful Canada Symposium Website Launched !

Breaking News ! We have launched our “Making Canada a More Mindful and Kind Nation” event website. Please click here: Mindful Canada Symposium. Now, the public can purchase tickets from the website. We would like to kindly ask you to share the event website in your timeline and spread the word among your friends and colleagues. Thank you for your kindness and support.

Making Canada a More Mindful and Kind Nation with the Urban Buddhist Monk

Exciting news! A great venue and day confirmed. Accordingly, “Making Canada a More Mindful and Kind Nation with the Urban Buddhist Monk” will be held at the Beanfield Centre (in the CNE=Canadian National Exhibition), Toronto, Canada on October 8th (Sunday) 2017. I have invited some great Canadian minds who are going to speak at this event. Please mark the date in your calendar. Expecting over 1800 people. Stay tuned for all detail in coming days.

Meditation in the Park – July 30, 2017

“There I saw some delightful countryside, with an inspiring forest grove, a clear-flowing river with fine, delightful banks, and villages for alms-going on all sides. The thought occurred to me: ‘How delightful is this countryside, with its inspiring forest grove, clear-flowing river with fine, delightful banks, and villages for alms-going on all sides. This is just right for the exertion of a clansman intent on exertion.’ So I sat down right there, thinking, ‘This is just right for exertion.” – Buddha

Feed “ME” with kindness, compassion, love, light and wisdom!

Dear Friends,
In addition to feeding this “ME” with knowledge by reading books, you also feed this “ME” with kindness, compassion, love, light and wisdom.
If you feed “ME” with bad knowledge, the world will suffer from this “ME.” Therefore, make sure to feed this “ME” with the right knowledge, so that this “ME” would be a great blessing to the whole world.
Feed this “ME” to be kind to oneself and others!
Feed this “ME” to care for oneself and others!
Feed this “ME” to love oneself and others!
Feed this “ME” to be generous to everyone!
Feed this “ME” to live a simple life!
Feed this “ME” to be contented with few things!
Feed this “ME” to accept everything with an equanimous mind!
Feed this “ME” not to hurt anyone!
Feed this “ME” to forgive!
Feed this “ME” not to dwell in the past!
Feed this “ME” not to live in the future!
Feed this “ME” to live in the present moment!
Feed this “ME” to meditate every day!
Feed this “ME” not to harm anyone!
Feed this “ME” to be honest!
Feed this “ME” to refrain from taking life!
Feed this “ME” to refrain from taking what is not freely given!
Feed this “ME” to refrain from sexual misconduct!
Feed this “ME” to refrain from lying!
Feed this “ME” to refrain from consuming alcohol, drugs and substances!
Feed this “ME” to embrace all sentient beings with kindness and love ❤️!
If we can feed this “ME” in this way, this “ME” will make happy not only you, but also others!
With many blessings !
Bhante Saranapala
The Urban Buddhist Monk

Transforming people from sinners to good people

According to Buddhism, we are not sinners for good. A person is called a sinner, because of his/her sinful actions. Once you stop such actions, you become a good person. The purpose of Buddhist practice is to change people from doing sinful actions to doing good actions, transforming people from sinners to good people. Buddhism points out no matter what you have done, the moment you have stopped doing the sinful actions and the moment you have chosen to do good deeds, you have become a good person. You are not a sinner anymore
With many blessings!
Bhante Saranapala
The Urban Buddhist Monk