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My Talk at the 'Center for Spiritual Living' in Simi Valley on Sunday 9.21.14
What if the Buddha said, "Who Are You?" - Thank You Dr. Jim Lockard for the invitation to speak.





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Dharma Talks by Rev. Kusala in the Los Angeles Area


And the Zen Master said... - 9/28/14 - 48 Min. - My talk at "Against the Stream" on Melrose in Los Angeles on Sept. 28, 2014 - New

Buddhism and the Four Noble Truths (Video) - 9/22/2014 - 22 Min. - My talk at the "Center for Spiritual Living" in Los Angeles on May 18, 2014- New

What if the Buddha said, "Who are you." (Video) - 9/21/2014 - 23 Min. - My Talk at the "Center for Spiritual Living" in Simi Valley on Sept. 21, 2014 - New

Day of the Dead - 8/24/14 - 57 Min. - My talk at 'Against the Stream' on death and dying. Aug. 24, 2014

Who Are You? - 8/14/2014 - 51 Min. - My talk at 'Against the Stream' in Santa Monica on what makes you, you... Aug. 11, 2014

Meditation - Part 2 - 7/2014 - 50 Min. - My talk at the "Center for Spiritual Living - LA" on Meditation - How and Why on July 15, 2014

Meditation - Part 1 - 7/2014 - 50 Min. - My talk at the "Center for Spiritual Living - LA" on Meditation - How and Why on July 15, 2014

Buddhism, Wisdom - Again - 7/2014 - 47 Min. - My talk at the "Sri Ratana Buddhist Center" in Anaheim CA on July 5, 2014

Wisdom in Buddhism - 6/2014 - 1 Hour - My talk at "Against the Stream" on Melrose in Los Angeles on June 22, 2014

Going to Heaven - 6/2014 - 35 Min. - My Talk (06.07.14) to the youth group (ages 7 to 14) at Sri Ratana Buddhist Center on, "How to go to heaven."

5 Precepts Song - 5/2014 - Video - 3 min. - A song for children on the 5 Precepts - Published on YouTube in 2012

Life and Death - 5/2014 - 60 min. - 43 MB // My talk at "Against the Stream" on Melrose in Los Angeles on May 25, 2014

The Four Noble Truths - 5/2014 - 22 min. - 20 MB // My talk at the Center for Spiritual Living - LA on May 18, 2014

The Buddha's Birthday - 4/2014 - 53 min. - 36 MB // My talk at 'Against the Stream' on Melrose. Talk was given on April 27, 2014

Wisdom of Meditation - 4/2014 - 46 min. - 32 MB // My talk to the youth of 'Sri Ratana Buddhist Center in Anaheim, CA. Talk was given on April 26, 2014

Urban Studies - Posted 4/2014 - 36 min. - 33 MB // My talk to 'Urban Studies' university students on Buddhism. This talk was given on April 9, 2014

The Wisdom of Compassion - Posted 4/2014 - Video - 35 min. // My talk at "The Center for Spiritual Living" in Ventura, CA. Talk was given March 23, 2014

Wisdom or Compassion - Posted 4/2014 - Video - 32 min. // My talk at "The Center for Spritiual Living" in Simi Valley, CA. Talk was given Feb. 16, 2014

A Little Morning Practice - Posted 6/2013 - 55 min. - 25 MB // My talk at 'Against the Stream' in Los Angeles. This talk was given on June 23, 2013

Women in the Life of the Buddha - Posted 5/2013 - 21 min. - 19 MB // My Talk at 'Center for Spiritual Living - Los Angeles.' This talk was given on May 12, 2013

Stories - The life of Pi and More - Posted 4/2013 - 1 hr and 4 min. - 29.1 MB // My talk at 'Against the Stream' in Los Angeles. This talk was given on April 28, 2013

Faith, Doubt, Vow and Effort - Posted 2/2013 - 1 hr and 3 min. - 27.5 MB // My talk at 'Against the Stream' in Los Angeles. This talk was given on Feb. 24, 2013

Compassion - Where Does it Come From? - Posted 8/2012 - 23 min - 21 MB // My talk at the UU Church in Studio City. This talk was given on July 1, 2012.

Realizing Nirvana - Posted 7/2012 - 40 min - 36 MB // My talk at 'Against the Stream' in Los Angeles. This talk was given in June of 2012.

A Life Worth Living - Posted 7/2012 - 45 min - 41 MB // My talk at 'Against the Stream' in Los Angeles. This talk was given in May of 2012.

The Practice of Loving-Kindness - Posted 4/2012 - 42 min - 19.7 MB // My talk at 'Against the Stream' in Los Angeles on the practice of Loving-Kindness in everyday life. This talk was given in February of 2012.

What We're All Here For - Posted 4/2012 - 53 min - 24 MB // My talk at 'Against the Stream' in Los Angeles on why we are here and what to do about it. This talk was given in January of 2012.

Potential and Realization - Posted 4/2012 - 46 min - 21 MB // My talk at 'Against the Stream' in Los Angeles on our potential and how it turns into realization. This talk was given in December of 2011.

Life and Death - Posted 4/2012 - 49 min - 22 MB // My talk at 'Against the Stream' in Los Angeles given in 2011.

Peace or Happiness - Posted 4/2012 - 61 min - 28 MB // My talk at 'Against the Stream' in Los Angeles given in 2011.

The Inevitability of Death - Posted 4/2012 - 56 min - 26 MB // My talk at 'Against the Stream' in Los Angeles given in 2011.

Two Tales of Woe - Posted 4/2012 - 44 min - 20 MB // My talk at 'Against the Stream' in Los Angeles given in 2011.

Beginning of Humankind - Posted 4/2012 - 60 min - 27 MB // My talk at 'Against the Stream' in Los Angeles given in 2011


- Classic Dharma Talks by Rev. Kusala -


My Journey as a Buddhist
- Posted 5/2009 - 43 min - 10.1 MB // My talk at 'Against the Stream / Buddhist Meditation Society' on becoming a Buddhist and what I learned along the way. I spoke at Against the Stream on March 29, 2009.

The Path Is Not The Goal - Posted 8/2008 - 37 min - 8.6 MB // My talk at "One Spirit" Center for Conscious Living on why the path is not the goal. The featured singer was Margaret Owens, her web site is - www.margaretowens.com - and my harmonica tune was backed my Andy Howe musical director of "One Spirit". - www.OneSpirit.org

The Four Immeasurables: Love, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity - Posted 8/2008 - 38 min - 8.7 MB // My talk at 'One Spirit' Center for Conscious Living on the Four Immeasurables and how to use of them in everyday life. - www.OneSpirit.org

Pizza and Theology - Posted 5/2008 - 46 min - 10.8 MB // A presentation by Sister Benedicta and myself on meditation and contemplation in our religious traditions to the UCL Catholic and Buddhist clubs. The presentations were made on 5/20/08 in the University Catholic Center at UCLA. It was an evening of pizza, friendship and dialog. The Carmelite Sisters web site - www.carmel-msh.org

Chadwick School 5-2008 - Posted 5/2008 - 44 min - 10.3 MB // My talk at Chadwick School on Buddhist morality, the five precepts and human perfection.

Enlightenment: What a Trip - Posted 3/2008 - 32 min - 7.5 MB // My talk at "One Spirit; Center for Conscious Living," on my understanding of Enlightenment according to Buddhism. Many thanks to Dr. Dennis Merritt Jones for the invitation to speak and Andy Howe musical director of the One Spirit band for making me look good. Web Site - www.onespirit.org /// Now available for Online listening - 'Flash Audio Player' - Click Here

My Talk at Cal Poly Pomona - Posted 2/2008 - 1 hr 22 min - 18.8 MB // My talk in 2007 at Cal Poly Pomona to a comparative religions class on basic Buddhism... The format
was more questions and answers, than a formal presentation.
Web Site - Cal Poly Pomona

My Journey - Posted 2/2008 - 32 min - 7.4 MB // My talk at the Church of Religious Science in Glendale, CA on 12/15/2007

Calm Over Chaos / - Flash Video - Posted 1/2008 - 4 min // A video interview on meditation with Lissa Coffey for her web site Coffey Talk @ www.coffeytalk.com... From Lissa's web site / Welcome to CoffeyTalk, the online magazine by lifestyle expert Lissa Coffey. Whether you’re looking for dating or relationship advice, or the latest in home and fashion trends, CoffeyTalk is an inspiring blend of ancient wisdom and modern style!

Bishop Montgomery High School - Posted 11/2007 - 1 hr 24 min - MP3 - 19.3 MB // My talk to a comparative religions class at Bishop Montgomery Catholic High School. I was invited to speak about Buddhism and found that many of the students had a fine understanding of basic Buddhism already, with many good questions. - Bishop Montgomery High School web site: www.bmhs-la.org/

A Path to Voluntary Simplicity - Posted 11/2007 - 32 min - MP3 - 7.4 MB // My talk at the 1st Unitarian Church of Los Angeles titled "Voluntary Simplicity" based on a book by Duane Elgin. First published in 1981 "Voluntary Simplicity" is about getting your choice back... Choosing simplicity over complexity, voluntary over involuntary... It's all about being free to choose.

LMU Spring 07 - Class 5 Part 2 - Posted 9/2007 - 45 min - MP3 - 10.4 MB // The Buddhist Eightfold Path - A Way To Happiness... Class 2 part 1 of a ten part series of talks given in the spring of 2007 on the Buddhist Eightfold Path at Loyola Marymount University. This course offers a detailed introduction to the Buddhist Eightfold Path. The class web page can be found at: LMU / 07

LMU Spring 07 - Class 5 Part 1 - Posted 9/2007 - 33 min - MP3 - 7.8 MB // The Buddhist Eightfold Path - A Way To Happiness... Class 2 part 1 of a ten part series of talks given in the spring of 2007 on the Buddhist Eightfold Path at Loyola Marymount University. This course offers a detailed introduction to the Buddhist Eightfold Path. The class web page can be found at: LMU / 07

LMU Spring 07 - Class 4 Part 2 - Posted 9/2007 - 52 min - MP3 - 12 MB // The Buddhist Eightfold Path - A Way To Happiness... Class 2 part 1 of a ten part series of talks given in the spring of 2007 on the Buddhist Eightfold Path at Loyola Marymount University. This course offers a detailed introduction to the Buddhist Eightfold Path. The class web page can be found at: LMU / 07

LMU Spring 07 - Class 4 Part 1 - Posted 9/2007 - 48 min - MP3 - 11.1 MB // The Buddhist Eightfold Path - A Way To Happiness... Class 2 part 1 of a ten part series of talks given in the spring of 2007 on the Buddhist Eightfold Path at Loyola Marymount University. This course offers a detailed introduction to the Buddhist Eightfold Path. The class web page can be found at: LMU / 07

LMU Spring 07 - Class 3 Part 2 - Posted 9/2007 - 49 min - MP3 - 11.5 MB // The Buddhist Eightfold Path - A Way To Happiness... Class 2 part 1 of a ten part series of talks given in the spring of 2007 on the Buddhist Eightfold Path at Loyola Marymount University. This course offers a detailed introduction to the Buddhist Eightfold Path. The class web page can be found at: LMU / 07

LMU Spring 07 - Class 3 Part 1 - Posted 9/2007 - 40 min - MP3 - 9.3 MB // The Buddhist Eightfold Path - A Way To Happiness... Class 2 part 1 of a ten part series of talks given in the spring of 2007 on the Buddhist Eightfold Path at Loyola Marymount University. This course offers a detailed introduction to the Buddhist Eightfold Path. The class web page can be found at: LMU / 07

LMU Spring 07 - Class 2 Part 2 - Posted 9/2007 - 38 min - MP3 - 8.9 MB // The Buddhist Eightfold Path - A Way To Happiness... Class 2 part 1 of a ten part series of talks given in the spring of 2007 on the Buddhist Eightfold Path at Loyola Marymount University. This course offers a detailed introduction to the Buddhist Eightfold Path. The class web page can be found at: LMU / 07

LMU Spring 07 - Class 2 Part 1 - Posted 9/2007 - 55 min - MP3 - 12.7 MB // The Buddhist Eightfold Path - A Way To Happiness... Class 2 part 1 of a ten part series of talks given in the spring of 2007 on the Buddhist Eightfold Path at Loyola Marymount University. This course offers a detailed introduction to the Buddhist Eightfold Path. The class web page can be found at: LMU / 07

LMU Spring 07 - Class 1 Part 2 - Posted 8/2007 - 52 min - MP3 - 11.9 MB // The Buddhist Eightfold Path - A Way To Happiness... Class 1 part 2 of a ten part series of talks given in the spring of 2007 on the Buddhist Eightfold Path at Loyola Marymount University. This course offers a detailed introduction to the Buddhist Eightfold Path. The class web page can be found at: LMU / 07

LMU Spring 07 - Class 1 Part 1 - Posted 8/2007 - 50 min - MP3 - 11.5 MB // The Buddhist Eightfold Path - A Way To Happiness... Class 1 part 1 of a ten part series of talks given in the spring of 2007 on the Buddhist Eightfold Path at Loyola Marymount University. This course offers a detailed introduction to the Buddhist Eightfold Path. The class web page can be found at: LMU / 07

IBMC - A Short Video / Flash Video - Posted 8/2007 - 6 min // A short video of the International Buddhist Meditation Center... I share some of the history of the IBMC as we take a 6 min video tour of where I live and work.

St. John's Abbey 2 of 2 - Posted 7/2007 - 37 min - MP3 - 8.7 MB // Part 2 of my presentation at the Monastic Institute 2007 Conference at John's School of Theology Seminary in Collegeville, Minnesota on Being a Buddhist in America... Each summer the School of Theology·Seminary of Saint John's University sponsors a Monastic Institute to provide continuing education and spiritual enrichment for American monastics and all interested in monastic spirituality and practice. This year's Institute, co-sponsored by Monastic Interreligious Dialogue, was devoted to interreligious dialogue. Among the presenters were Dr. Ingrid Mattson, President of the Islamic Society of North America, Kusala Bhikshu of the International Buddhist  Meditation Center in Los Angeles, and Fr. Pierre-François de Béthune, Secretary General of Dialogue Interreligieux Monastique/Monastic Interreligious Dialogue. - Monastic Institute 2007

St. John's Abbey 1 of 2 - Posted 7/2007 - 37 min - MP3 - 8.7 MB // Part 1 of my presentation at the Monastic Institute 2007 Conference at John's School of Theology Seminary in Collegeville, Minnesota on Being a Buddhist in America... Each summer the School of Theology·Seminary of Saint John's University sponsors a Monastic Institute to provide continuing education and spiritual enrichment for American monastics and all interested in monastic spirituality and practice. This year's Institute, co-sponsored by Monastic Interreligious Dialogue, was devoted to interreligious dialogue. Among the presenters were Dr. Ingrid Mattson, President of the Islamic Society of North America, Kusala Bhikshu of the International Buddhist Meditation Center in Los Angeles, and Fr. Pierre-François de Béthune, Secretary General of Dialogue Interreligieux Monastique/Monastic Interreligious Dialogue. - Monastic Institute 2007

Long Beach Meditation - Posted 6/2007 - 1 hr 7 min - MP3 - 15.4 MB // My talk on a variety of subjects to the Long Beach Meditation Group on Sunday 6/17/2007. Long Beach Meditation - www.longbeachmeditation.com

Santa Margarita Catholic High School - Posted 6/2007 - 52min - MP3 - 11.9 MB // My talk at Santa Margarita Catholic High School, June 4, 2007. I was invited by a member of the Los Angeles Buddhist/Catholic Dialog to speak to his ethic's class at Santa Margarita Catholic High School on being a Buddhist.

Chadwick School / 051007 - Posted 5/2007 - 52 min - MP3 - 12.1 MB // My Talk at Chadwick School in Palos Verdes California (www.chadwickschool.org). This talk, to a comparative religions class is composed mostly of questions and answers. I was asked about a Creation Myth in Buddhism... And found something in the Digha Nikya, and read from the Aggañña Sutta . In this sutta the Buddha explains about the beginning of the Earth, and the birth of the social order and its structure. - The Agganna Sutta in PDF

The Ventura Contemplative Community #1 - Posted 5/2007 - 52 min - MP3 - 11.9 MB // Part 1 of my presentation to the Ventura Contemplative Community on the Five Precepts,  Morality and Justice. This day long retreat was held on April 21, 2007 at St. Catherine's-by-the-Sea in Ventura, California. I was asked to focus in a simple, non-technical way on the precepts, justice and morality. The retreat was sponsored by the Ventura Contemplative Community, PO Box 5692, Ventura, CA 93003

The Reluctant Bodhisattva - Posted 4/2007 - 37 min - MP3 - 8.7 MB // My talk at One Spirit center for conscious living in Simi Valley, California on the ups and downs of living a life of service. My talk centers around volunteer work and the personal struggle of finding balance in the suffering of others. For more info on One Spirit please visit their web site: One Spirit

Dharma Grass - Posted 4/2007 - 8min - MP3 - 7.4 MB // Dharma Grass is made up of Kusala Bhikshu, Michelle Payne (www.myspace.com/michellepayne) and Mark Lennon
(www.myspace.com/marklennon). We made our live debut as a group on 3/30/2007 at the "Peace is Possible" Concert held at 'One Spirit', Center for Conscious Living in Simi Valley, California. Kusala - rhythm guitar and harmonica... Michelle - guitar, banjo and vocals... Mark - mandolin and vocals... Photo - from the concert... The event poster can be viewed at:  Peace Concert Poster

Northwood High School - Posted 4/2007 - 1 hr 7 min - MP3 - 15.4 MB // My talk at Northwood High School in Irvine, CA on basic Buddhism to a comparative religions class.

The 5 Precepts / Path to Freedom - Posted 3/2007 - 26 min - MP3 - 6.1 MB // My talk at IBMC on the five precepts. Buddhism has two types of practice, precept practice and meditation practice. This was my talk on what the five precepts mean to a Buddhist. - www.IBMC.info

Buddhist Volunteer - Posted 2/2007 - 39 min - MP3 - 8.9 MB // My talk to the UCLA Buddhist Club on why and how I Volunteer as a Buddhist. The ups and downs of being a volunteer... Some stories and insights on being a Buddhist volunteer in a California State Prison. The UCLA Buddhist Club - www.theUBA.org

The Eightfold Path - Posted 2/2007 - 27min - MP3 - 6.4 MB // My talk at the IBMC on the Buddhist Eightfold Path. IBMC has a Sunday Service each week. It was my week to speak and I chose the Eightfold Path. - www.IBMC.info

Who Are You... Really - Posted 2/2007 - 20 min - MP3 - 4.7 MB // My talk to the UCLA Buddhist club on 2/6/2007 on 'Not Self' or "Who are you, really." The UCLA Buddhist club meets every Tuesday at the University Catholic Center at UCLA. The UCLA Buddhist Club web site is - www.TheUBA.org

8th Grade Buddhism - Posted 1/2007 - 41 min - MP3 - 9.5 MB // My Talk to the 8th graders of Chadwick School on basic Buddhism. Elizabeth Timms a teacher at Chadwick School invited me to speak to her 8th graders on basic Buddhism and answer their questions: www.chadwickschool.org

Everyday Buddhism - Class 4 / Part 2 - Posted 1/2007 - 56 min - MP3 - 12.5 MB // This is Class 3, Part 1 of an extension class I taught at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles titled, "Intergrating Buddhist Practices Into Everyday Life." This was a four week class that went from... Sept. 28 - Oct. 19, 2006. It is an overview of the Buddhist path, as well as an  introduction to a Buddhist way of life. The web page I put together for the class can be found at: www.urbandharma.org/udharma10/lmu2006.html

Everyday Buddhism - Class 4 / Part 1 - Posted 1/2007 - 27 min - MP3 - 6.7 MB // This is Class 4, Part 1 of an extension class I taught at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles  titled, "Intergrating Buddhist Practices Into Everyday Life." This was a four week class that went from... Sept. 28 - Oct. 19, 2006. It is an overview of the Buddhist path, as well as an introduction to a Buddhist way of life. The web page I put together for the class can be found at: www.urbandharma.org/udharma10/lmu2006.html

Everyday Buddhism - Class 3 / Part 2 - Posted 1/2007 - 43min - MP3 - 9.9 MB // This is Class 3, Part 2 of an extension class I taught at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles titled, "Intergrating Buddhist Practices Into Everyday Life." This was a four week class that went from... Sept. 28 - Oct. 19, 2006. It is an overview of the Buddhist path, as well as an introduction to a Buddhist way of life. The web page I put together for the class can be found at: www.urbandharma.org/udharma10/lmu2006.html

Everyday Buddhism - Class 3 / Part 1 - Posted 12/2006 - 49 min - MP3 - 11.3 MB // This is Class 3, Part 1 of an extension class I taught at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles titled, "Intergrating Buddhist Practices Into Everyday Life." This was a four week class that went from... Sept. 28 - Oct. 19, 2006. It is an overview of the Buddhist path, as well as an introduction to a Buddhist way of life. The web page I put together for the class can be found at: www.urbandharma.org/udharma10/lmu2006.html

Everyday Buddhism - Class 2 / Part 2 - Posted 12/2006 - 37 min - MP3 - 8.5 MB // This is Class 2, Part 2 of an extension class I taught at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles titled, "Intergrating Buddhist Practices Into Everyday Life." This was a four week class that went from... Sept. 28 - Oct. 19, 2006. It is an overview of the Buddhist path, as well as an introduction to a Buddhist way of life. The web page I put together for the class can be found at: www.urbandharma.org/udharma10/lmu2006.html

Everyday Buddhism - Class 2 / Part 1 - Posted 12/2006 - 1 hr 3 min - MP3 - 14.5 MB // This is Class 1, Part 2 of an extension class I taught at Loyola Marymount University in Los  Angeles titled, "Intergrating Buddhist Practices Into Everyday Life." This was a four week class that went from... Sept. 28 - Oct. 19, 2006. It is an overview of the Buddhist path, as well as an introduction to a Buddhist way of life. The web page I put together for the class can be found at: www.urbandharma.org/udharma10/lmu2006.html

Everyday Buddhism - Class 1 / Part 2 - Posted 12/2006 - 1 hr 3 min - MP3 - 14.5 MB // This is Class 1, Part 2 of an extension class I taught at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles titled, "Intergrating Buddhist Practices Into Everyday Life." This was a four week class that went from... Sept. 28 - Oct. 19, 2006. It is an overview of the Buddhist path, as well as an introduction to a Buddhist way of life. The web page I put together for the class can be found at: www.urbandharma.org/udharma10/lmu2006.html

Everyday Buddhism - Class 1 / Part 1 - Posted 12/2006 - 1 hr 3 min - MP3 - 14.4 MB // This is Class 1, Part 1 of an extension class I taught at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles titled, "Intergrating Buddhist Practices Into Everyday Life." This was a four week class that went from... Sept. 28 - Oct. 19, 2006. It is an overview of the Buddhist path, as well as an introduction to a Buddhist way of life. The web page I put together for the class can be found at: www.urbandharma.org/udharma10/lmu2006.html

Why Buddhist Monks are Celibate - Posted 10/2006 - 15 min - MP3 - 3.4 MB // A short talk given at the 'Monks in the West II' conference on why Buddhist monks are celibate. The Second 'Monks in the West' gathering was held at Saint John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota from Oct. 26, to Oct. 29, 2006. Buddhist and Catholic monastics gathered to dialogue on monastic celibacy. 'Monks in the West' - Web Site

Introduction to Buddhism - Posted 10/2006 - 48 min - MP3 - 11.2 MB // A presentation to Mr. Jim Maechling's comparative religions class at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School on basic Buddhism. I've been speaking to Mr. Maechling's comparative religions class for a number of years now and have always enjoyed the experience: Jim Maechling -- Palos Verdes Peninsula High School

Why Meditate - Posted 9/2006 - 30 min - MP3 - 6.9 MB // My answer to the question, "What are the benefits of meditation?" This is from my ongoing Wednesday Night class at IBMC in Los Angeles, CA. I tweaked the volume on the question in the podcast to make it understandable. My Wednesday Night class at IBMC is open to anyone interested in learning more about Buddhism. For more info please go to: www.Kusala.info

Finding Peace - Posted 8/2006 - 21min - MP3 - 4.8 MB // A talk on finding peace in this ever changing world of birth, death, growth and decay. This talk was given at True Yoga in Thousand Oaks, California. www.TrueYoga.com

A Path to Happiness - Posted 7/2006 - 29 min - MP3 - 6.7 MB // A talk on 'Happiness in Buddhism' given at, One Spirit - Center of Conscious Living, in Simi Valley, California. There is happiness in owning things, happiness in being something and happiness in doing something for others. This talk ends with Rev. Kusala singing "The Eve of Destruction" and playing  some harmonica blues in the key of G... One Spirit - Center for conscious living

Altered States - Posted 7/2006 - 38 min - MP3 - 8.9 MB // A talk at True Yoga... An introduction and brief overview of the various mind states found in some forms of meditation and the dying process. The two reference works used were... "Preparing for death and helping the dying" - Sangye Khadro (available on Urban Dharma for free download - eBooks page). And... "The Psychedelic Experience": A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead - by Timothy Leary,
Ralph Metzner, and Richard Alpert aka Ram Dass.

Two Stories - Posted 6/2006 - 24 min - MP3 - 5.6 MB // Two stories about the wearing and using of Buddhist robes. Part of a talk at True Yoga on wearing and using the Buddhist robes. You can find True Yoga on line at: www.TrueYoga.com

Chadwick School #2 Q&A - Posted 5/2006 - 50 min - MP3 - 10.4 MB // A second presentation to a another class at Chadwick School studying the Book "Siddhartha," a novel of asceticism set in the time of the Buddha. I shared my understanding of Buddhism and answered their many questions. This podcast is the second of four talks I gave at Chadwick School on 5/8/2006. (http://www.chadwickschool.org)

The Four Immeasurables/Brahma Viharas - Posted 4/2006 - 35min - MP3 - 8.1 MB // A talk to the UCLA Buddhist Club on THE FOUR IMMEASURABLES: Loving-Kindness, Compassion,  Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity. After the talk we had time for Q & A... This podcast is the talk and the Q & A. (University Buddhist Association at UCLA)

Mindfulness Meditation Q & A - Posted 4/2006 - 38 min - MP3 - 8.8 MB // Q & A from my talk on Mindfulness Meditation at True Yoga. There were many questions about Karma, Self and Soul after my talk on mindfulness. This podcast contains those questions and answers. Sorry to say I only had one mic so the questions are hard to hear, but the answers I gave should give you a good idea of what was being asked. Karma, Self and Soul seem to be a sticking point for a lot of folks new to Buddhism. I'm hoping what I had to say on the subject adds some clarity and insight to the question, is it OK for a Buddhist to have a Soul or Self? (www.TrueYoga.com)

Mindfulness Meditation - Posted 4/2006 - 29 min - MP3 - 6.1 MB // A talk on Mindfulness Meditation given at "True Yoga" in Thousand Oaks California. My friend Ericka just moved her True Yoga studio down the street to a new home, with two workout areas and a very nice main room. This was my first talk in the new facility and I was asked to think about speaking twice a month instead of just once. I said yes, and should start the new teaching schedule soon. For more info on Ericka Bryant and True Yoga please visit: (www.TrueYoga.com)

Chadwick School #1 Q&A - Posted 5/2006 - 48 min - MP3 - 10.1 MB // A presentation to students at Chadwick School studying the Book "Siddhartha," a novel of asceticism set in the time of the Buddha. I shared my understanding of Buddhism and answered their many questions. This podcast is one of the four talks I gave at Chadwick School on 5/8/2006. (http://www.chadwickschool.org)

On Being a Monk - Posted 3/2006 - 49min - MP3 - 10.4 MB // Miss Timms an 8th grade history teacher contacted me about speaking to 8th graders on being a Buddhist and a monk. This is the talk I gave on 3/1/2006 at Chadwick School to the 8th grade history classes on being a Buddhist and a monk. (http://www.chadwickschool.org)

Walking Meditation - Posted 2/2006 - 30 min - MP3 - 6.9 MB // A talk on Walking Meditation given to the UCLA Buddhist Club. I was invited to lead a walking meditation at the Change of Heart weekend retreat (2/3 to 2/5/2006). This talk came from that experience. (www.bethecause.org/coh/)

Q & A - Spirituality and Healing in Medicine - Posted 12/2005 - 43 min - MP3 - 9.7 MB // Questions and answers from a workshop at the Spirituality and Healing in Medicine Conference - Boston, December 2005. A variety of topics were covered... Sex, death and dying, karma, heaven, the problem with oneness, etc. This conference was sponsored by the Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education and George Washington University. A complete list of conference presentations can be found at: (Conference Recordings)

A Spiritual Journey - UCLA Buddhist Club - Posted 1/2006 - 31 min - MP3 - 7.3 MB // What is a spiritual journey... How do you start, what to avoid, what to do, and how to do it. (University Buddhist Association at UCLA)

Enlightenment vs Nirvana - UCLA Buddhist Club - Posted 11/2005 - 30 min - MP3 - 7.1 MB // Enlightenment vs Nirvana are they the same or different, is one better than the other? A talk by Kusala Bhikshu to the UCLA Buddhist club. (University Buddhist Association at UCLA)

Meditation; How and Why - True Yoga - Posted 11/19/05 - 51 min - MP3 - 8.8 MB // A talk given to a group of new yoga instructors at True Yoga (www.trueyoga.com) in Thousand Oaks, California on the how's and why's of meditation.

Beyond Pain and Suffering - One Spirit - Posted 11/2005 - 33 min - MP3 - 5.6 MB // A talk given at the One Spirit Center for Conscious Living called, "Beyond Pain and Suffering." After my presentation I sat in with the house band and played some harmonica blues, then singer, songwriter Harold Payne performed an original blues tune. Most Cool! For more on Kusala playing the blues harmonica go to: (Blues Harp)

Buddhist Patient Health Care - UCLA Medical Chaplains - Posted 11/2005 - 26 min - MP3 - 4.4 MB // A talk to the UCLA Medical chaplains on Buddhist patient health care and end of life issues. This talk is 23 Min. of an hour and a half presentation... For more on Buddhist health care and end of life issues go to: A Guide to - (Death, dying and good health in Buddhism)

Basic Buddhism, Part 2 - Bishop Montgomery High School - Posted 10/2005 - 40 min - MP3 - 7 MB // A presentation on Basic Buddhism to a comparative religion's class. - Part 2 (Bishop Montgomery High School)

Basic Buddhism, Part 1 - Bishop Montgomery High School - Posted 10/2005 - 53 min - MP3 - 9 MB // A presentation on Basic Buddhism to a comparative religion's class. - Part 1 (Bishop Montgomery High School)

Karma in Everyday Life - UCLA Buddhist Club - Posted 10/2005 - 1 hr 7 min - MP3 - 11.6 MB // A presentation to the UCLA Buddhist club on how to understand and use Karma in everyday  life. (University Buddhist Association at UCLA)

 

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