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Ven. Kusala Bhikshu is an American-born monk ordained in the Zen Tradition of Vietnam (1994) and head monk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center in the Korea town section of Los Angeles.

I was introduced to Kusala by Fr. William Skudlarek, OSB, who knows Kusala through the Monastic Inter-religious Dialogue, a national organization of Buddhists and Catholics.  Kusala is also a member of the Buddhist-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Los Angeles.

He has been active in community volunteer work for 20 years with time spent at the California State Prison for Men (1 Year), Los Angeles Central Juvenile Hall (5 Years), The Garden Grove Police Department (7 Years), Buddhist Chaplain for the University Religious Conference at U.C.L.A (10 Years) and a member of the Spiritual Care Committee at the U.C.L.A. Medical Center.

His website is www.Kusala.org with links to, UrbanDharma.org (his Buddhist website), Buddhist-Catholic.orgMyPodcast.net, and his Facebook page.

He continues to give presentations on the Buddhist way of life, in high schools, colleges, churches and spiritual centers in Southern California.

Below is the book that we discussed during the interview, and you can click here to view his talk on Buddhist monastic celibacy.

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