Making Canada a More Mindful Nation with the Urban Buddhist Monk



My Mindfulness Meditation program’s purpose is to bring awareness of good values in people.

Good values can be defined as:

(a)   Sustainability

(b)   Peace

(c)    Happiness

(d)   Harmony within diverse communities

(e)   Integration of Multicultural values in social, inter-faith, multi-ethnic environments

Instability stems from negative emotions, thoughts and actions.

Negative actions can be defined as:

(a)   Violence – Hatred and disrespect for others

(b)  Stealing

(c)   Infidelity

(d)  Dishonesty

(e)   Alcohol and drugs

We are making awareness in the community, city, province, country and the world as to how these five negative actions are causing social and political turmoil, as well as personal suffering. Such personal sufferings cause others around them also to suffer.

Through this program, we are encouraging people to consider cultivating positive thoughts and actions such as non-violence, respect for others, generosity, honesty in relationships, be focused and be mindful. Such positive actions can benefit everyone as individuals, communities and as a nation.

Through the Mindfulness is the awareness of inner transformation we are bringing to the public, that all personal and social problems can be eliminated simply by changing negative mind to positive mind. This can be achieved by planting the seeds of good values in every individual, irrespective of ethnic and religious faith.

For many years I have been conducting this program for the public, such as students of universities and colleges, public and Catholic high schools and elementary schools.

This meditation practice has helped students improve performance in classes, improve their focus and discipline, respect for self and others, as well as reduce incidents of bullying, violence, hooliganism and foul language.

I have been invited by many corporate executives of Canada and USA to train them on Mindfulness Meditation, while interested individual groups in Corsica, France, UK and USA also invite me regularly for training them on mindfulness meditation.

Recently I have conducted Mindfulness Meditation for Peel Police and Ontario Provincial Police officers. It was a good opportunity to discuss the risks associated with their difficult job of protecting us in a complex society, while meditating to be mindful of their and others’ safety, to be focused and to be kind to the public.

This program can also help restore public’s trust and respect in our police forces in the backdrop of wide negative media publicity. I hope to continue it for regional and provincial police of other areas and provinces of Canada.

Huffington Post USA for my mindfulness program with Canadian police

Haffington Post Canada for mindfulness meditation program with Canadian police

I strongly believe that self-transformation can be achieved through the practice of Mindfulness Meditation and Loving Kindness Meditation.

Although I am a Buddhist monk, Mindfulness Meditation does not imply of any conversion to Buddhism.

Recently I have launched multi-faith community programs such as tree planting events, meditation and discussion forums among diverse multi-ethnic communities.

I would be pleased to provide any references to the mindfulness meditation programs that I have been conducting with inter-faith groups.

Many suicide attempts are made in many levels of the society, due to depression, anxiety, bereavement and self-negative thoughts. Mindfulness and Loving Kindness Meditation practices can help distressed individuals to be positive and prevent suicide attempts.

Being mindful about self also leads to be mindful about environment, understanding its delicate balance with life and protecting it.

I intend to pioneer this program nationwide to make Canada a more mindful Nation to enhance harmony and peace among all communities.

No Nation can be built without building the human mind. So let us start by building human mind at every level.

Yours Truly,

Reverend Dr. Bhante Saranapala
a.k.a Urban Buddhist Monk
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Meditation Retreat Five Abilities 2/6- July 26, 2014

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