World Civility Ambassador
World Civility Ambassador Founder and President of “Canada: A Mindful and Kind Nation” - Recipient of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms from the Government of Canada - Recipient of “Canada 150 Medal and Sesquicentennial Community Award” from the Government of Canada - Recipient of Spirit Award from the Government of Ontario Known as the "Urban Buddhist Monk", an appropriate nomenclature for a Buddhist Monk for modern times, Bhante Saranapala has been acclaimed as a consummate teacher of meditation by a growing number of seekers of spiritual and healthy life and peace of mind in North America and Europe who admire his simple and all-embracing approach in transmitting the universal message of love, kindness, compassion, understanding and wisdom. He has earned an enviable reputation as a global public speaker and a meditation master par excellence. Born in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Bhante Saranapala, after receiving both his monastic and secular education in Sri Lanka, made his way to Canada to further his studies (Masters and Doctoral studies at the University of Toronto and McMaster University) and soon addressed his mind to the noble task of spreading in the West his own tested approach to Mindfulness and Insight Meditation. Settling down in the City of Mississauga-Toronto West, he has been a monk in residence at the monastic fraternity of the West End Buddhist Temple and (Monastery) Meditation Centre for the past 26 years. In September 2019, Bhante Saranapala has been appointed as the World Civility Ambassador by the iChange Nations for his extraordinary kindfulness works around the world.