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The West End Buddhist Centre Dhamma Program is the largest Dhamma Program in North America running for 18 years with the weekly attendance over 350 children and youths.
Under the ambitious and inspiring leadership of Ven. Dr. Saranapala as principal, with the support of several senior teachers and others who joined later, and with great enthusiasm and dedication, the West End Buddhist Dhamma Program continues to grow.
With the help of about 36 volunteer teachers, some of whom are West End Buddhist Dhamma Program Alumni, the school has remained dynamic and fruitful.
Now there is a Pre-Schooler Program too - please inquire.
The Dhamma School is conducted at :
Rick Hansen Secondary School
1150 Dream Crest Rd, Mississauga, ON L5V 1N7
Please contact the Temple for more information.
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What is religion?
Religion, as understood in the West,is defined in the English Oxford dictionary, as the belief in and worship of many gods (polytheism) or one God (monotheism). Buddhism is not such a belief or worship. Therefore some writers point out that Buddhism is not a religion but an atheistic philosophy. They even equate Buddhism with Marxism as a philosophy.
By Bhikkhu Dr. Saranapala
Buddhist Chaplain, University of Toronto
Nowadays people around the globe have become fascinated with meditation. They speak about the "coolness" and instant benefits of the practice of meditation. Since everybody is talking about it based upon some initial experiences, there are many expectations of its benefits. Even medical doctors are prescribing meditation as the best medication, as a remedy to all physical and psychological illnesses. Psychologists and psychotherapists recommend meditation practice to their clients as a remedy for their problems.