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A Brief Introduction of Bhante Kusala

Bhante Kusala was born in Sri Lanka and decided to pursue the Buddhist monastic path when he was a teen. His keen interest in Buddhist Meditation has made him to be an ardent and devoted practitioner as well as a teacher in various disciplines of early Buddhist studies and meditation techniques for 9 years in Sri Lanka, Europe, and the USA. Currently, he resides at Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center in Missouri, USA and his temple in Sri Lanka.

Bhante Kusala's Woodenfish Story

Bhante Kusala participated in the Nirvana Sutra Seminar in China in 2015. His story with Woodenfish began while he was studying at the Harvard Divinity School, and was impressed with Venerable Yifa's charisma and was inspired by Venerable Yifa's speech at a conference there. Kusala...

On August 31st, Dr. Yifa was invited to visit the Gaozun Temple, located in Deyang, Sichuan province in China to meet with the Master Jijing, and to attend the annual meeting of the Fuhuideng Educational Group. In the speech she gave to the employees and volunteers of the the Fuhuideng group about Buddhist management, Dr. Yifa shared the management wisdom in Buddhism gained from running Buddhist groups in Taiwan and internationally.

A special arrangement was also made by the Fuhuideng group for Dr. Yifa to have an in-depth discussion with Master Jijing. Both are students of Master Xingyun, and advocates of science, technology and education. Dr. Yifa and Master Jijing shared their understanding about the ideas of Humanistic Buddhism  proposed by Master Xingyun and reached an agreement for future collaboration. Dr. Yifa emphasized that instead of any individual Buddhist master, Buddhist followers belong to the whole of Buddhist society, as well as non-Buddhist society. “The Buddhist pract...

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