One Day Retreat with Mindfulness 
& Ānāpāna Sati
Instructor – Bhante Sumitta

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Medium – English
Venue – Thabarwa Mindfulness and Detachment Center
             13212 Francisquito Avenue, Baldwin Park, CA 91706

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January 13, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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at Thabarwa Mindfulness & Detachment Center
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  • Activities with mindfulness
  • Dhamma Sermons
  • Discussions
  • Meditation
Please RSVP here

Come and join us for an inspiring One Day Retreat with Bhante Sumitta. This is an introductory level Meditation Retreat and all are welcome to join this free event. However, volunteer donations are welcome to support the Thabarwa Mindfulness & Detachment Center and the instructor.


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    An invitation to discover your inner-self
    Complementary lunch & refreshments...
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    Detailed Schedule:


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    Bhante Sumitta –
    A Sri Lankan monk who is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of the West, Los Angeles. His thesis topic is “Philosophy of Arahanta Ideal as Depicted in Mahaniddessa”. 

    Bhante Sumitta is an ardent advocate of teaching and applying Buddhist meditation, Pali language and Buddhist Philosophy to improve daily life of different communities in the Los Angeles and surrounding area.

    He is the founder and president of the UWest Pali Society, and he was teaching as an Adjunct Professor at the University of the West. As a special outreach program, he formed a Dhamma USA, a charitable community organization that provides community and spiritual care.

    For more info on Dhamma USA activities please refer to:

    Organized by – 
    Thabarwa Mindfulness and Detachment Center
    13212 Francisquito Avenue, Baldwin Park, CA 91706
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    May All Beings Be Well, Happy & Healthy!
    Sādhu! Sādhu!! Sādhu!!!
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    Recommended Online Readings:
    Bibliography
    Ajahn Brahm. Mindfulness, Bliss, and beyond : A Meditator’s Handbook. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2006.
    Dorjee, Dusana. Mind, Brain and the Path to Happiness: A Guide to Buddhist Mind Training and the Neuroscience of Meditation, 2014.
    Forem, Jack. Transcendental Meditation: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and the Science of Creative Intelligence. New York: Dutton, 1973.
    Gunaratana, Henepola. Mindfulness in Plain English, 2011.
    Hart, William. The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation as Taught by S.N. Goenka. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987.
    Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World through Mindfulness. New York: Hyperion, 2005.
    Nhất Hạnh, Mai. The Miracle of Mindfulness : A Manual on Meditation. Rev. ed. Boston: Beacon Press, 1987.
    Nyanaponika. The Heart of Buddhist Meditation (Satipaṭṭāna)  a Handbook of Mental Training Based on the Buddha’s Way of Mindfulness, with an Anthology of Relevant Texts Translated from the Pali and Sanskrit. [1st American ed.]. New York: Citadel Press, 1969.
    Nyanasatta, C. The Foundations of Mindfulness: Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta : A Discourses [Sic] of the Buddha. Kandy, Sri Lanka: Buddhist Publication Society, 1974.
    Ornstein, Robert E. Meditation and Modern Psychology. Los Altos, CA: Malor Books, 2008.
    Ṭhānissaro. Purity of Heart: Essays on the Buddhist Path. Valley Center, CA: Metta Forest Monastery, 2006.
    ———. Right Mindfulness: Memory & Ardency on the Buddhist Path. Valley Center, CA: Abbot Metta Forest Monastery, 2012.


    ———. The Wings to Awakening : An Anthology from the Pali Canon. 5th ed., rev. [Valley Center  Calif.]: Metta, 2007.


    Introductory Pali Class & Meditation
    Instructor – Bhante Sumitta
    Medium – English
    Venue – Thabarwa Mindfulness and Detachment Center
                 13212 Francisquito Avenue, Baldwin Park, CA 91706
    Time – 2nd & 4th Wednesdays from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. (Starting on January 9th 2019.)
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    Please Register here
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    This is an introductory level Meditation and Pali Language class to be held during the Spring 2019. All are welcome to join this free class. However, volunteer donations are welcome to support the Thabarwa Mindfulness & Detachment Center and the instructor.

    Bhante Sumitta –
    A Sri Lankan monk who is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of the West, Los Angeles. His thesis topic is “Philosophy of Arahanta Ideal as Depicted in Mahaniddessa”.

    Bhante Sumitta is an ardent advocate of teaching and applying Buddhist meditation, Pali language and Buddhist Philosophy to improve daily life of different communities in the Los Angeles and surrounding area.

    He is the founder and president of the UWest Pali Society, and he was teaching as an Adjunct Professor at the University of the West. As a special outreach program, he formed a Dhamma USA, a charitable community organization that provides community and spiritual care.

    For more info on Dhamma USA activities please refer to:





    What is Pali Language? 
    An Introduction to the language and useful sources



    "All morality consists in a system of rules, and the essence of all morality is to be sought for in the respect which the individual acquires for these rules."
    Piaget, J., The Moral Judgment of the Child, New York, 1997, p.13.

    Dhamma for Young Minds
    Sunday Dhamma School
    Los Angeles Buddhist Vihara - Pasadena
    TopicKids, Parents, Tradition in the Face of 
    Fast Track American Life

    Audience: Children with the age group of 6+ (with special attention to the Sri Lankan-American children)
    Medium: English
    Conducted by: Bhante Sumitta
    Date: December 2, (Sunday) 2018
    Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Los Angeles Buddhist Vihara
    920 N. Summit Ave
    Pasadena CA 91103

    May All Beings Be Well & Happy & Healthy!!!

    Recommended Videos:
    Life of the Buddha & Jataka Tales and More:
    Life of the Buddha - Cartoon Movie
    Legend of Buddha-Kids' Animated Movie
    Story of the Buddha - Another Beautiful Cartoon Movie
    Buddhism Explained: Religions in Global History
    What is Buddhism? Documentary
    Wood Pecker, Deer and Tortoise - A Jataka Tale
    The Clever She-Goat: Jataka Tale
    Lord Buddha Stories: the Power of Life

    Buddhist Music & Chanting for Kids:
    To Love is to Care and Be Kind
    Jayo Munindassa Subodhi Mule
    Buddham Saranam Gacchami
    Namo Tassa Bhagavato & Buddham Saranam Gacchami
    Little Kid Chanting Maha Mangala, Karaniya Metta & Ratana Suttas
    Jaya Piritha

    Recommended Readings:
    An interesting Dhamma Website for Kids
    Teaching Your Children Buddhist Values
    World Religions for Kids
    Buddhism Facts

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    We had a beautiful session with some Sunday school kids at Los Angeles Buddhist Vihara and both the kids and their parents enjoyed the event which was full of fun and creative activities. We had a Vandana prayer, a Meditation session, a picture portrait session, a Powerpoint session on Life of the Buddha, a Quizlet Live Game and a Discussion on the value of parents. Hopefully these young children could learn something for their life and would be able to retain the lessons from the event.

    Main Buddha Statue of the Shrine Room

    Venerable Sumitta, Venerable Dhammapiti and the participant children 


     Here are the creative art fo these little kids of different ages. Self portrait and some words about themselves, their parents and the temple experience. The revelation of the kids was touching as they all expressed great happiness to be at the temple and they all had such a high regard and love for their parents. The kids were from age 5 to age 15 and yet their creativity never lacks the quality and talent.  


    Chloe (15 years)

    Ashani (12 years)

    Thevan (12 years)

    Parami (13 years)

    Siluni (13 years)

    Anisha (6 years)

    Desandi (11 years)

    Lithum (11 years)



    A Day of Mindfulness 
    with Venerable Sumitta

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    Commemoration of the Founders' Day (Ananda-Nalanda)

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    December 9, 2018
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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    at Lankarama Buddhist Institute
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    • Activities with mindfulness
    • Dhamma Sermons
    • Discussions
    • Meditation


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      An invitation to discover your inner-self
      Complementary lunch & refreshments...
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      ALL ARE WELCOME TO THIS FREE EVENT!
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      Venerable Sumitta
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      Venerable Sumitta is a scholar in Buddhist Philosophy who is currently pursuing a PhD degree in "Philosophy of Arahanta Ideal". He is an ardent advocate of teaching and applying Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation to improve day-to-day life. Venerable Sumitta is the founder president of UWest Pali Society at the University of the West where he also serves as an Adjunct Faculty Professor. As an outreach program to the society, he formed Dhamma US, a charity organization for community care and spiritual care. In 1981 Venerable Sumitta was ordained as a Buddhist monk under the traditional Theravada Sector in Sri Lanka followed by higher ordination in 1991. He can be reached at info@dhammausa.com. 
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      Please send your questions on Mindfulness & Meditation to info@dhammausa.com. 
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      Event Venue:
      Lankarama Buddhist Institute
      398 Giano Ave
      La Puente
      CA 91744
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      Jointly organized by 
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      For more information contact:
      Wije: (310)-218-6467
      Parakrama: (909)-975-1409
      Ananda: (858)-752-2331
      Hemal: (310)-498-3935

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      Ananda College & Nalanda College of Sri Lanka
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      At a time when Buddhist parents were compelled to send their children to missionary schools since there were no other schools available, Sir Henry Steel Olcott, Madame Blavatsky and Miss Marie Musaeus Higgins arrived in this country, to help the few Buddhist leaders in their quest for moral and philosophical freedom. 
      When Ananda College was established in 1886, it attracted the attention of many Buddhists. In no time students were drawn in from all corners of the island, craving for education catered to suit their own culture. As a result by the end of 1923 Ananda College could no longer cope with the ever-increasing demand. So on November 1, 1925 Mr. Patrick de Silva Kularathne registered Nalanda College as a separate college to fulfill this demand. The name “Nalanda” was picked by Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Thero. 
      Ananda College & Nalanda College are not products of only those great icons, but an effort by every Sinhalese and every Sri Lankan at that time. Many contributed to build these two institutes by donating a few cents, so our tribute goes to all those great people and others who sacrificed their time, life and money to create these two great institutions. Today Ananda College and Nalanda College have become two of the most popular Buddhist institutions in the country. As proud Anandians & Nalandians it is our responsibility to appreciate founders’ contribution, which we are forever indebted to.
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      May All Beings Be Well, Happy & Healthy!
      Sādhu! Sādhu!! Sādhu!!!
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      Recommended Online Readings:

      Bibliography

      Ajahn Brahm. Mindfulness, Bliss, and beyond : A Meditator’s Handbook. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2006.
      Dorjee, Dusana. Mind, Brain and the Path to Happiness: A Guide to Buddhist Mind Training and the Neuroscience of Meditation, 2014.
      Forem, Jack. Transcendental Meditation: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and the Science of Creative Intelligence. New York: Dutton, 1973.
      Gunaratana, Henepola. Mindfulness in Plain English, 2011.
      Hart, William. The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation as Taught by S.N. Goenka. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987.
      Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World through Mindfulness. New York: Hyperion, 2005.
      Nhất Hạnh, Mai. The Miracle of Mindfulness : A Manual on Meditation. Rev. ed. Boston: Beacon Press, 1987.
      Nyanaponika. The Heart of Buddhist Meditation (Satipaṭṭāna)  a Handbook of Mental Training Based on the Buddha’s Way of Mindfulness, with an Anthology of Relevant Texts Translated from the Pali and Sanskrit. [1st American ed.]. New York: Citadel Press, 1969.
      Nyanasatta, C. The Foundations of Mindfulness: Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta : A Discourses [Sic] of the Buddha. Kandy, Sri Lanka: Buddhist Publication Society, 1974.
      Ornstein, Robert E. Meditation and Modern Psychology. Los Altos, CA: Malor Books, 2008.
      Ṭhānissaro. Purity of Heart: Essays on the Buddhist Path. Valley Center, CA: Metta Forest Monastery, 2006.
      ———. Right Mindfulness: Memory & Ardency on the Buddhist Path. Valley Center, CA: Abbot Metta Forest Monastery, 2012.
      ———. The Wings to Awakening : An Anthology from the Pali Canon. 5th ed., rev. [Valley Center  Calif.]: Metta, 2007.