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Kusala Bhikshu
- is a volunteer Buddhist chaplain for -- The UCLA Medical Center Spiritual Care Committee, the University Religious Conference at UCLA, and the Garden Grove Police Department. Rev. Kusala is active in the interreligious communities of both Los Angeles and Orange County. He lives/works at the IBMC teaching Buddhism and meditation.

Urban Dharma - is a web site focused on "Buddhism in America" with sutras, commentary, articles, essays, photos, and more.

Benedict's Dharma 2 - A Buddhist / Christian - Benedictine Experience. Sr. Mary Margaret Funk, OSB, executive director of MID, Kusala Bhikshu, and Mr. Karl Peterson, a specialist in early Christian music, guide 40 participants through a week-long retreat on the Rule of St. Benedict.

The Los Angeles Buddhist Catholic Dialogue - was founded in 1989 as an official, on-going, core group dialogue. The dialogue is sponsored by the Buddhist Sangha Council of Southern California and Catholic Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.

(I.B.M.C.) International Buddhist Meditation Center - was founded 1970 in Los Angeles, California by Ven. Dr. Thich Thien-An, a scholar and Zen Master from Vietnam.

Hope-Net in Los Angeles - Hope-Net is a non-profit, interfaith organization whose mission is to end hunger and homelessness in the Wilshire Center area of Los Angeles by providing food and shelter to individuals and families and by promoting self-help. A volunteer-based organization, founded in 1988, and sponsored by 16 religious congregations, Hope-Net works to accomplish its mission through eight food pantries, the Hope Chest Thrift Store, and Hope West Apartments for low-income families.

Mississippi River - Buddhist Pilgrimage - March 2005
Read the journal entries of Jotipalo Bhikkhu, an American Buddhist monk and Austin Stewart. Jotipalo and Austin are making an 1800 mile walking pilgrimage from New Orleans, Louisiana to Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Monks in the West - October, 2004 - Buddhist and Catholic monastic men gathered to promote a sharing of inner life and training.

Nuns in the West - May, 2003 - Buddhist and Catholic monastic women gathered to promote a sharing of inner life and training.

Nuns in the West - May, 2005 - Buddhist and Catholic monastic women gathered to promote a sharing of inner life and training.

Monastic Interreligious Dialogue - Monastic Interreligious Dialogue (MID) is a group of Benedictine and Trappist monks and nuns committed to fostering interreligious and intermonastic dialogue at the level of spiritual practice and experience between North American Catholic monastic women and men and contemplative practitioners of diverse religious traditions.

Ven. Dr. Havanpola Ratanasara - an eminent Buddhist Monk and educator, was Kusala's primary Dharma teacher for 16 years. He was born February 28, 1920 in Havanpola, Sri Lanka and was the eldest Buddhist monk in Los Angeles until his death on May 26, 2000.

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Be The Cause - is a community that quite simply inspires the growth of compassion. Our mission is to create opportunities that empower individuals to support relief efforts around the planet. We are a virtually-organized, volunteer-run, non-profit organization with no office space so no salaries or administrative expenses are ever paid out for our efforts. All the volunteers that make up Be The Cause give freely of their time and resources to make this a better world for all.

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Join Rev. Kusala for Meditation and Discussion - Wednesday Nights - 7:30 to 9:00 PM
Join Rev. Kusala for Meditation - Friday Nights - 7:30 to 9:00 PM

Urban Dharma hosts a Buddhist discussion group led by Kusala Bhikshu at the International Buddhist Meditation Center on Wednesday evenings and silent meditation on Friday evenings. The focus on Wednesday is understanding Buddhism in the context of our everyday lives through study of the sutras, sharing personal stories, and discussion. IBMC is housed in a classic craftman home located in the Korea Town section of Los Angeles (1 block North of Olympic, 1 block West of Vermont). The address is 928 S. New Hampshire Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90006