Only in Canada?
In April, officers from Ontario’s Peel Regional Police attended a temple for a lecture on mindfulness meditation and Buddhist philosophy. The event, which took place at the West End Buddhist Temple and Meditation Centre, was led by deputy abbot Bhante Saranapala.
From the article:
“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.”
Apparently, it was the idea of one of the officers. Deputy abbot Saranapala said, “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.”
The Urban Buddhist Monk (a nickname from students because he’s “a city monk”) is now going to offer a similar course to Ontario Provincial Police officers.
Source: Huffington Post Canada