'Day of Mindfulness' features Buddhist monk

Bhante Wapola Piyananda, a Sri Lankan Theravadan monk who taught in the United States for more than 25 years, will speak Saturday in Merced for the sixth annual Day of Mindfulness. Piyananda is the author of two books, "Thus we Heard: Recollections of the Life of the Buddha," and "Saffron Days in LA." The Day of Mindfulness, which includes meditation, teaching and discussion led by monks, will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1287 Panorama Court. For information, call (209) 384-2835 or (209) 631-9631.