04/13/2016 05:44 EDT | Updated 04/14/2016 03:30 EDT

Meanwhile In Canada, Peel Regional Officers Meditate In A Temple

peel police meditation

Here's something you don't see every day.

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

peel police meditation

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.

peel police meditation

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."

peel police meditation

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.

Check out more photos of the lecture here.

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