Spiritual Evenings on Saturdays

Spiritual Evenings on Saturdays
Lankarama Buddhist Institute


Our Meditation Instructor
Bhante Sumitta 
(Doctoral Candidate & Adjunct Faculty
at the University of the West):

Yoga + Meditation Schedule at Lankarama:
every Saturday - 4PM-6PM
Venue
Lankarama Buddhist Institute
398 Giano Ave
La Puente CA 91744

Bhante Sumitta has been conducting meditation at the Lankarama Buddhist Institute for the past few years and his simple and practical way of meditation has been helping many individuals and groups in the Los Angeles area. 
He has attended a number of Retreats conducted by very well trained Burmese and other Meditation teachers in different Retreat centers in California, Sri Lanka and India.His teaching and guidance are basically aimed at the introductory level of meditation and practitioners can advance to the next levels of meditation later on with other senior meditation teachers. 

He conducts 
  • Ānāpānasati  Bhāvanā (Contemplation on Breathing)
  • Mettā Meditation (Contemplation on Loving Kindness)
  • Guided Meditation






Our Yoga Instructor
Mark Ragsdale 
(PhD student at the 
University of the West):

Yoga + Meditation Schedule at Lankarama:
every Saturday - 4PM-6PM

Venue
Lankarama Buddhist Institute
398 Giano Ave
La Puente
CA 91744
Mark is a very experienced Yoga instructor who has been working with us for years. He is such a kind hearted gentleman who has been helping the community with his skillful Yoga exercises to help individuals from all age groups.  

Mark has a wide range of Yoga exercises to help benefit our community to improve their general health and meditation. 


We wanted him to help our community to sit properly on the floor to meditate for a longer time and it eventually worked in such a way that the Yogis found their general health improving in due course. His Yoga style definitely suits the people who like to follow simple Yoga practices to help themselves to benefit their general health and also their meditation sessions.








Dhamma Talk Schedule at Lankarama:
every Saturday - 6PM-7PM
Venue
Lankarama Buddhist Institute
398 Giano Ave
La Puente CA 91744

The Resident monks of the Lankarama Buddhist Institute and other invited monks will deliver a special Dhamma Talk on Saturday to enhance the Dhamma knowledge of the community. This is a wonderful opportunity for the people around La Puente city to learn more about the Buddhist Suttas and the doctrinal teachings to eventually apply to their own lives as Buddhist followers. 


The medium of the Dhamma Talk will be either Sinhala or English and we will update you in advance regarding this. 


Bodhi Vandana & 
28 Buddha Vandana 
at Lankarama:
every Saturday - 6PM-7PM
Venue
Lankarama Buddhist Institute
398 Giano Ave
La Puente CA 91744


 Bodhi Vandana event is a very special ritual among Buddhist community especially among the Sri Lankan Buddhists. They pay respect to the Bodhi Tree while making a circumlocution and chanting some beautiful Pali stanzas. Bodhi Tree is very specific among the Buddhists as it was helpful for the ascetic Siddhattha Gotama to achieve the Supreme Enlightenment under the sacred Bodhi Tree. It's said that the Buddha also paid respect to the Tree after the Enlightenment by gazing at the Bodhi Tree for seven days. Ever since the Buddhists pay respect to the Bodhi Tree and practice while taking a meditative walk along with a rhythmic chanting. 
A Pali Stanza to pay homage to the Bodhi Tree:

"Yassa mūle nisinno'va 
Sabbāri vijayaṃ akā
Patto sabbaññutaṃ satthā
Vande taṃ bodhi pādapaṃ." 

(Seated at whose base, the Teacher overcame all foes, attaining Omniscience, that very Bodhi tree do I venerate.)

28 Buddha Vandana:

This specific ritual is performed to pay respect to 28 Buddhas most of whom predicted that the Bodhisatva would become a Perfectly Enlightened One called Gotama Buddha one day. The monks and the lay devotees chant together during this event followed by yet another Puja to transfer merit to the deities. 

Join us every Saturday  from 4:00 PM these days along with your family members and friends and enjoy the blissful moments at our temple. 

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

Lankarama Buddhist Institute
398 Giano Ave
La Puente CA 91744
Tel: 626-913-0775

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