Temples and Centers in the Los Angeles Area
Wilshire Center Interfaith Council
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Rev. Kusala on "VOA"
...American Buddhism Keeps Asian Influence, Adapts to West...
This week's visit of the Dalai Lama to the United States is focusing attention on American Buddhism, which is growing because of the influx of Asian immigrants and conversion of Westerners to the faith. American Buddhism retains its Asian flavor, but is adapting to Western ways.
Rev. Kusala on "PRI"
...Rev. Kusala on 'Public Radio International'...
Vietnamese immigrants in California have a white American monk Kusala Bhikshu teach Buddhism to their kids because they think they will relate to the teacher and to his English. Lisa Napoli reports for PRI from Long Beach.
Against the Stream
...Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society was founded by Noah Levine...
Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society was founded by Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx and Against the Stream, to make the teachings of the Buddha available to all who are interested. We wish to create and sustain communities of healthy, accountable, wise and compassionate people from every walk of life. We welcome people from all racial, economic, sexual, social, political and religious backgrounds and preferences and believe that the path of awakening is attainable by all and should be available to all.
...Under the direction of dharma teacher Trudy Goodman, InsightLA offers mindfulness meditation...
Under the direction of dharma teacher Trudy Goodman, InsightLA offers mindfulness meditation for the curious beginner, as well as intensive training for more experienced students. We are a community of caring and friendly practitioners – come join us! We welcome people of all colors, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities. Our programs are made available to all individuals, independent of economic means.
L.A. Dharma Web Site
...A focal point for insight meditation in Los Angeles...
L.A.Dharma is a non-sectarian Buddhist organization.
Our mission is to create a focal point for insight meditation and
to help develop community. Buddhist ethics, traditions, and practices
inspire our activities. We host retreats, offer meditation groups,
workshops and classes.
Asian Classics Institute, Los Angeles
...Offers formal study courses in Buddhism...
The Asian Classics Institute of Los Angeles, a Worldview
Center (ACI-LA*) regularly offers Formal Study Courses, Dharma
Essentials Courses, Guided Meditations, and informal and introductory
Drop-in Events for those dedicated to the serious study and personal
practice of the original teachings of the Buddha. All classes and
events are offered free of charge. While the teachings always remain
grounded in the authentic tradition of Mahayana and
Vajrayana Buddhism as it was preserved by the Tibetan lineages,
they are designed to help you live a better and happier life right
here in Los Angeles.
Dharma - Meditation with Rev. Kusala
...Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays...
UrbanDharma.org - hosts a Buddhist discussion group
led by Rev. Kusala at the International Buddhist Meditation Center
on Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. The focus is on understanding
Buddhism in the context of our everyday lives through study of
the sutras, sharing personal stories, and discussion.
...News and Media...
...Mary Rourke, LA Times...
In the Student Union Building of Cal Poly Pomona,
over a lunch of Gummi Bears and sodapop, the members of the Buddhist
Assn. are gathered to learn about the religious traditions of their
parents and grandparents. They say it is one part of the family heritage
their relatives all but left behind in China, Vietnam or other
Buddhism has thrived.
...Janet Kinosian, LA Times...
It's a shocking image--even to the accustomed eye.
Fourteen children, the oldest of whom is 11, are lined up, marching
hands clasped tight behind their backs at Central Juvenile
Hall in East Los Angeles. The youngest child, 8 years old, is outfitted
in bright orange prison garb, signifying he is a high-risk violent
offender, a category that includes murder, assault and armed robbery.
Without, Peace Within
Lynn Noto, a 36-year-old from Los Angeles now completing her
doctoral studies in psychotherapy, was traveling around India
in 1997, she was seeking not enlightenment, mind you, but 10
minutes of clarity in her life. That, and a cup of hot chocolate,
which she found at a restaurant in Dharamsala.
Students Resurrect Campus Buddhism
...by Peijean Tsai...
by a Vietnamese Buddhist mother, Amie McCampbell never felt
alienated from Buddhism. An altar with the Buddha's likeness
permanently sat in her parents' home, she attended pagodas
and wore a necklace with a tiny gold Buddha for years during
Abbot Gives a U.S. look to an Asian faith;
...Teresa Watanabe, LA Times...
New head of L.A. Buddhist center is
dropping some of her Soto sect's Japanese traditions and emphasizing
a more American
combination of social action, interfaith work and egalitarian exchange.;
She has led "street retreats" on skid row, injected
feminism into a patriarchal liturgy and sponsored interfaith gatherings
with a Jewish rabbi and a Catholic priest.
and Prose from Los Angeles...
...Tom (Ksanti) O'Connor...
about six weeks four of us are to receive our brown robes. It
marks a significant milestone in our practice. And this summer,
during our monks training, I feel that Rev. Karuna has been setting
traps to help us on our journey.
I studied Zen Buddhism briefly in college, one of our text
books was called Zen mind, Beginner’s mind. The idea
is that the goal is to cultivate the mind of a beginner, or,
as my karate teacher used to say, “come with an empty
in Community with Others
West Covina Buddhist Temple's well-attended Spring
Ohigan Service on March 19, 2000 was, in one sense at least, an
historic event. It was the first time our Ohigan speaker was not
also from the Shin tradition.
into the Heart of Buddha
month, I want to introduce you to the Sixteen Observances of
the Zen Peacemaker Order and to share briefly some
perspectives on precept practice.
kind of person is drawn to Buddhism?
about anyone - as regulars at the Khandakapala Buddhist Center
(KBC) will testify. Our community is aged anywhere between 22
to 62 and includes attorneys, actors and teachers. In the first
of a new series, we will meet the people who make up the KBC
as we get up close and personal with someone new each month.
Lynn "Jnana" Sipe
are one of six principle iconographic themes in Buddhism,
particularly in esoteric Buddhism. Briefly noted, these
other principle thematic elements are mandalas, asanas,
thrones, aureoles, and implements and accessories of
In the Numbers
Rev. Lynn "Jnana" Sipe
rather inelegant title of today’s talk, “Buddhism
in the Numbers”, does an injustice to the elegance
of the subject itself, the role of numbers in communicating
European Discovery of Indian Buddhism
...Rev. Lynn "Jnana" Sipe...
is only with the arrival of the British that the destruction
of India’s past was reversed and its recovery was begun,
thanks to the persistent efforts of a handful of brilliant
and inspired individuals.
Irreverent Look at Zen in America
has had a significant religious impact in America for at least
half a century. For most of that time its influence has been
limited to literature and the arts in addition to a small, but
growing, sangha of ordained teachers and practitioners. In recent
years, however, popularized notions of Zen have entered the cultural
mainstream of American society so that Zen has become a trendy
Rev. Kusala's Calendar / Talks and Times
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five precepts are the foundation of Buddhist practice. Some
of the five precepts are found in the Noble Eightfold Path
under the category of personal discipline. In that category
we find, right speech, right action and right livelihood.
I Became a Buddhist
At the age of twenty-eight, I went through what you
might call an early mid-life crisis. I quit my job of seven years
and went on a forty-five day road trip. I drove cross-country,
sleeping at rest stops, in cheap motels, and campgrounds. The road
trip offered me a chance to see how other people lived, and time
to reflect on what my life was all about.
Buddhists go to Heaven?
had the good fortune of speaking about Buddhist afterlife to
a number of Christians. One of the things that prompted me
to investigate Buddhist afterlife was giving a talk at Central
Juvenile Hall. A Catholic girl said I was going to hell, because
I didn't believe in God and Jesus Christ.
Buddhists believe in God?
is it... The Buddha never talked about the One God of the desert,
the Judeo-Christian God? Does this mean that all Buddhists are
atheists and don’t believe in God? Did the Buddha believe
Problem With Sex in Buddhism
It seems these days in Los Angeles, it's OK to do
or be anything you want sexually... And if you're lucky enough
to find your true sexual identity, you will be happy and fulfilled
the rest of your life.
Enlightenment vs Nirvana
I first started reading books on Buddhism back in the late 1970’s,
I had trouble understanding *Nirvana and Enlightenment. These
two words were often used interchangeably by authors writing
on the *Theravada and *Mahayana traditions. Sometimes though,
the meaning seemed to change depending on who was doing the writing.
Blues Harmonica and Buddhism
first time I heard someone play the blues on a harmonica, it
moved me so much, I just had to learn how to play. I found myself in McCabes Guitar Shop back in the 1980's and there
on the shelf was a booklet and audio cassette, 'Blues Harmonica
for the Musical Idiot' by David Harp.
Overview of Buddhist Meditation
Meditation is the second category of the Eight-Fold
Path. The three category's are; Personal Discipline, Mental Perfection,
Centers in North America
North American Directory
Web-Sites of Special Interest
Special Thanks to the Buddha Project @ www.BuddhaProject.blogspot.com
...Ven. Dr. Havanpola Ratanasara...
Dr. Havanpola Ratanasara
Venerable Havanpola Ratanasara, a monk who strove to build
an American style of Buddhism and led Buddhists, Catholics
and other denominations in interfaith dialogues, has died. At 80, Ratanasara was believed to be the oldest Buddhist monk
in Southern California. He suffered from diabetes and heart
problems and died in his sleep last Friday surrounded by monks
in his apartment at the International Buddhist Meditation Center
in Los Angeles.
the Welfare of Gods and Men
Mission in the Modern World...
twenty-five centuries ago at Buddhagaya in India, a lone ascetic,
Siddhartha Gautama, attained the state of supreme
Enlightenment and became known to the world as the Buddha.
Beholden neither to gods nor to men for his achievement, yet
desiring to show humankind how it might lift from itself the
yoke of suffering and ignorance, he exhorted his disciples
forth... for the welfare of the many, for the happiness of the
Dialogue a Buddhist Perspective
talk given at Gethsemani Monastery...
Dialogue a Buddhist Perspective an Examination of Pope John
Paul II's Crossing the Threshold of Hope a talk given at the
Intermonastic Dialogue Gethsemani Monastery, Louisville, Kentucky
July, 1996 by Ven. Havanpola Ratanasara, Ph.D.
Dr. Havanpola Ratanasara Dies
...The LA Times, June 2, 2000...
Ratanasara was a native of Sri Lanka who immigrated
to the United States in 1980 and became a U.S. citizen. After
undergraduate work in Sri Lanka, he earned a master's degree
at Columbia University and a PhD in education at the University
of London. In addition to holding university positions in Sri
Lanka, he was a United Nations delegate for that country in 1957.
...80th Birthday, February 2000...
of the body
...6/3/00 and 6/5/00...
Dr. Ratanasara's One Year Memorial
...Photos taken May 26, 2001...
Dr. Ratanasara's Burial Stupa
...Photos taken Dec. 2001, in Sri Lanka...
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