Thursday, April 21, 2016

Canadian police learn to subdue inner foes

Threats faced by police are not always thieves, murderers or drug dealers. Sometimes the biggest dangers are stress, anxiety and tension. To better meet external threats, Peel Regional Police in Ontario, Canada, are learning how to subdue these inner dangers through meditation.

On April 18, they visited the West End Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center in Mississauga for a taste of Buddhist philosophy and a lesson in meditation. The training was led by deputy abbot Bhante Saranapala, who conducts similar sessions on mindfulness meditation for school teachers, students and young professionals. Why train police? "They are doing a stressful job," he wrote on the Center's Facebook page. "I am delighted that I was able to share some insights by giving spiritual support to help them continue their daily service with a peaceful mind."

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