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.
The Wilshire Center Interfaith Council - is an ecumenical organization formed in the late 1960’s by the
religious congregations of Wilshire Center to address the problems of hunger and homelessness in the
Wilshire Center area of Los Angeles, California.
Interfaith Council of Garden Grove, Stanton, and Westminster - is focused on peace, respect, and dialogue
between all religious traditions.
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.
"A Guide to Death, Dying, and Good Health in Buddhism" - Articles, Books, and eBooks
Guide to Buddhism - An Introduction to Buddhism - Articles, and eBooks
Over 100 Free --> eBooks on Buddhism - Read them on line or free download the ebooks to your computer.
A Web-Site of Special Interest
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.
Our specific objectives are to:
* Organize local community service opportunities
* Support relief efforts worldwide
* Build awareness of issues facing our global community
* Create an environment that is conducive to the growth of compassion
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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
You can support Rev. Kusala's work with a Donation to Urban Dharma.