Register Here for Our Next Day of Mindfulness
        Day of Mindfulness - Renewal for the New Year

        Saturday, January 7, 2017  

        10am to 4pm

        5654 Ralston Street, Ventura CA 


        An American born Buddhist Monk ordained in the Zen Tradition of Vietnam

          • Click Here to Register. Your registration by Thurs, Jan 5 will help us plan accordingly, but walk-ins are welcome. For more information call 805-368-9835.

          • Please bring a ready to serve vegetarian potluck dish to share for lunch. Herb teas, water, fruit and nut snacks will be available throughout the day. 

          • If you have them… 
            Please bring your own sitting cushion, mat and/or other meditation items. We will have chairs for all who come and a few sitting cushions and mats. 

          • Dress in comfortable clothing. 

          • A gratitude offering will be gratefully accepted, but is not required. ($35 suggested)

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        Kusala became interested in Meditation in 1979, and he found his way to the 

        International 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.