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Meanwhile In Canada, Peel Regional Officers Meditate In A Temple

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Officers from Ontario's Peel Regional Police attended a temple last week for a lecture on mindfulness meditation and Buddhist philosophy.

The event at the West End Buddhist Temple and Meditation Centre was led by deputy abbot Bhante Saranapala.

"They were very nice and they liked it and they think it should be part of their daily practice," Saranapala told The Huffington Post Canada. He offers similar lectures to young professionals, teachers and students in Canada and the U.S.

Saranapala said an officer approached him to organize the event.

"I think generally people have negative impressions about the police officers, and seeing some officers trying to do mindfulness meditation, [and] being at the front row of a Buddhist temple, they think it's very positive."

Saranapala — who says students gave him the nickname Urban Buddhist Monk because he "was a city monk" — said he's offering a similar course to Ontario Provincial Police officers in May.

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