DAY OF MINDFULNESS
Renewal for the New Year
Saturday, January 7, 2017 10am to 4pm
5654 Ralston Street, Ventura CA
With the Venerable Kusala
An American born Buddhist Monk ordained in the Zen Tradition of Vietnam
Kusala became interested in Meditation in 1979, and he found his way to theInternational Buddhist Meditation Center in the Korea town neighborhood of Los Angeles. There he took refuge, accepted the five precepts of a lay Buddhist, and was given the name Kusala (skillful). With a growing interest in Early Buddhism he began his studies with the Ven. Dr. H. Ratanasara at the College of Buddhist Studies in Los Angeles. After 15 years of study and practice he took novice vows, and was given the Dharma name Kusala Ratana Karuna (skillful jewel of compassion). Two years later he received full ordination as a Bhikshu (monk), and was given the name Thich Tam-Thien (heavenly heart mind) with the Ven. Dr. H. Ratanasara and the Ven. Karuna Dharma as two of his ordaining masters. Along with Kusala's Bhikshu ordination he received a B.A. in Buddhist Studies from the College of Buddhist Studies. Kusala lives and works at the International Buddhist Meditation Center. He facilitates meditation and discussion groups, feeds the cats and koi fish, and continues to give presentations at local high schools, colleges, and local churches on Buddhism and social action.