"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

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


Commemoration of the Founders' Day (Ananda-Nalanda)

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

    An invitation to discover your inner-self
    Complementary lunch & refreshments...
    Venerable Sumitta
    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. 
    Please send your questions on Mindfulness & Meditation to info@dhammausa.com. 
    Event Venue:
    Lankarama Buddhist Institute
    398 Giano Ave
    La Puente
    CA 91744
    Jointly organized by 
    For more information contact:
    Wije: (310)-218-6467
    Parakrama: (909)-975-1409
    Ananda: (858)-752-2331
    Hemal: (310)-498-3935

    Ananda College & Nalanda College of Sri Lanka
    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.
    May All Beings Be Well, Happy & Healthy!
    Sādhu! Sādhu!! Sādhu!!!
    Recommended Online Readings:


    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.

    Buddhist Chanting for the Well-being, Happiness and Protection of all sentient beings

    Interfaith & International Week
    University of the West
    Rosemead California
    November 16, 2018
    2:00 PM

    Pali 101 – Pali for Beginners
    Level One – Lesson 10
    (Copyright) Dhamma USA)

    All inquiries and the given exercises should be emailed to info@dhammausa.com 
    Please make sure you turn your exercises two days prior to the next class.