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"Mindfulness, the aware, balanced acceptance of present experience, is at the heart of what the Buddha taught.”
—Sylvia Boorstein

Venerable Metteyya Sakyaputta

Venerable Metteyya Sakyaputta is a Buddhist monk from Lumbini, Nepal where both he and the Buddha were born. He is a wonderful Buddhist teacher who is much-loved by his students both in Nepal and in the West. His enthusiasm to practice and demonstrate compassion in action has been a true source of inspiration for all who have met him. He began formal training in the Theravada tradition and vipassana meditation at an early age, through his teachers the Ven. Nepali nun, Guruma Sujata, and the late Sri SN Goenka. Ven. Metteyya has also acquired precious teachings from various masters of Tibetan Buddhism and Vietnamese Pure Land tradition.

He was also one of the featured scholars in the 2010 PBS film 'The Buddha' by David Grubin and is the Spiritual Guide of Peace Grove Nunnery in Lumbini and Canadian Engaged Buddhism Association in Edmonton.

After years of consideration on whether to enter a life of social work or monasticism on his 20th birthday Ven. Metteyya ordained as a monk under Ven. Bhikkhu Maitri and the monastic community of Lumbini. At age 15, while still a student himself, he began building Metta Schools along with dedicated friends, calling it 'A Seed of Compassion.' Today there are 2 primary schools that provide education to nearly 900 students and encourage many young volunteers to spread the gift of education to the children of Lumbini.

Ven. Metteyya, now 26, also co-founded Peace Grove Nunnery, Karuna Women's Institute and Girls College and Anatta Children's Library and is a strong advocate for women's education, equality and excellence in Nepal. His next social projects upcoming in Lumbini are a community hospital and Bodhi Institute/Peace Education Centre (under construction) in the World Heritage Site of Buddha's birthplace.



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