Patience and equanimity are great blessings!

Friends,

Let’s train ourselves to be patient and equanimous. These are great spiritual virtues praised by enlightened masters. No matter what we do and how we live in the society, someone is going to criticize us. They are going to nag us. This can’t be stopped. If someone criticizes you, try to bear it up with an equanimous mind and remain calm. If someone yells at you, you should not yell at him in return. If someone despises you, don’t despise him back. In these circumstances, see if you can be patient with yourself and them. Learn to endure it with clarity and stability of the mind. Instead of yelling and despising back, reflect for a second and see if you can understand why they are criticizing you, yelling at you and despising you. There is a reason for that person to behave in such a way. May be it is your certain behaviour causing the person to behave that way. With much patience and equanimous mind, see if you could help the person to alleviate his/her pain by changing your behaviour. I strongly believe, with the virtues of patience and equanimity all detrimental circumstances can be avoided in any circumstances. With virtues of patience and equanimity heated arguments and fights can be neutralized. Patience and equanimity are great blessings that pave the way to sustainable peace !
With many blessings !
Bhante Saranapala
The Urban Buddhist Monk

Every mistake should be a great lesson for us !

Dear Friends,
We make mistakes. It doesn’t mean we are bad people. We should understand we were not born with enlightened minds and clear instructions. This is why we have weaknesses. Our biggest weakness is giving in to emotions which make us blind. By and large we are doing things in life under the influence of self-centredness. This is so deeply rooted in us. When we make mistakes, we should not get sunk in them with regrets/guilt and suffer from them for the rest of our life. Mistakes should not make us weak, instead we should learn lessons from every mistake we make and become stronger and stronger to become better human beings. This is why we practice Dhamma. The purpose of the Dhamma practice is to free us from guilt and regrets that normally arise from mistakes we make through weaknesses.
With many blessings !
Bhante Saranapala
The Urban Buddhist Monk

Let us move on with a positive outlook and emerge victorious!

Good Morning, Friends, and Happy Sunday !
Past is past. The past might hurt us, however, we should be able to tolerate it. Present is present. We get exhausted with it, but we should face it though. Future is future. We don’t know what future will bring us, but we should move on with a positive outlook and emerge victorious!
With many blessings !
Bhante Saranapala
The Urban Buddhist Monk

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.