Faith in Canada 150: The Millenial Summit

The Millennial Summit: Faith in Canada 150. Today we had a very productive and meaningful summit with the presence of religious leaders from Toronto, Waterloo, Windsor, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. I was privileged to represent Canadian Buddhist community to this great summit. The first day of the millennial summit took place at the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa. The topics we discussed: what is the public square and who inhabits it? Can faith be truly public? Living our faith in difference towards a genuine pluralism. Our religious life and the common good, etc. Great presentations and discussions!

CBC interview with the Urban Buddhist Monk and the mindful cop on meditation for police forces

Today, CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Cooperation) interviewed the Urban Buddhist Monk and the mindful cop how meditation can help police forces. Malone Mullin of CBC News did this interview after two days of Global Conference on Buddhism based on the theme “Buddhism, Neuroscience and Mental Health: Making a Mindful Connection that took place at the Ontario Science Centre. Click here to read the article.

Mindfulness-Based Suffering Reduction in Winnipeg, MB, Canada with the Urban Buddhist Monk

Thank you Jeff Hook for organizing my program on Mindfulness-Based Suffering Reduction at the Yoga Public in Winnipeg. Thank you John Tan for connecting me with such a great spiritual community in Winnipeg. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching there today. Met great people who are very interested in having this kind of program more in Winnipeg. Making Canada More Mindful and Kind Nation! More Pictures here.

A Dialogue on Transforming Afflictive Emotions with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa

On June 1st it was such a great day. Three Buddhist Traditions came together at the University of Toronto to have a dialogue on “Transforming Afflictive Emotions,” I am receiving a gift from His Holiness the 17th Karmapa. I represented Theravada Buddhist Tradition, Ven. Dayi Shi represented Mahayana Buddhist Tradition and His Holiness the 17th Karmapa represented Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhist Tradition. A Historical moment, indeed! Thanks to Lama Tenzin Dakpa for inviting to be a part of this great historical moment. To watch the dialogue click here.

A day of success will make a life of success one day

A day of success will make a life of success one day. If you can make your day successful and meaningful, you can make your life successful and meaningful one day. Think now how you can make your day a great success today. Your life will be full of blessings, when you make your day full of blessings today by doing something very positive. Therefore, never waste even a second today. Make use of every second your got today by doing something very meaningful. Every meaningful second will be a meaningful minute. Every meaningful minute will be a meaningful hour. Every meaningful hour will be a meaningful day. Every meaningful day will be a meaningful week. Every meaningful week will be a meaningful month. Every meaningful month will be a meaningful year. Every meaningful year will one day be a meaningful life.
With man blessings !
Bhante Saranapala
The Urban Buddhist Monk

Happy Vesak!

On Full Moon Day (May 10th), Buddhists around the globe are celebrating Vesak. Vesak is the celebration of Birth, Enlightenment and Attainment of Mahaparinibbana of the Buddha. I would like to wish Happy Vesak to all my friends!

These students from Assumption Catholic Elementary School in Burlington are so blessed to have gotten the opportunity today to come and learn and practice meditation on the eve of Vesak Day right here at our temple. They learned about Buddha and His Teachings and meditation for a happy life. May their life be blessed with peace and happiness! Happy Vesak!