By Emma Young
On February 11, 2012, Sakya Monastery welcomed H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche and H.E. Abhaya Rinpoche for a discussion with the Dharma for Teens Program. About 15 teenagers attended the event. Dharma for Teens is a group for teenagers who are interested in learning about Buddhism.
Attendees asked questions such as, how life for teens in India differs from life in the U.S. H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche and H.E. Abhaya Rinpoche talked to the group about their daily schedule. In India they have a very rigorous schedule that requires them to get up early in the morning and continue their days long until about 10 o’clock. In the U.S. people have much more leisure time. One cultural difference between Americans and Indians is that, in the US people don’t recognize lamas and monks by their traditional dress. In India everyone knows the Tibetan culture and lamas are not viewed as being ‘different’.
Teens asked other questions on their minds and learned how to incorporate Buddhism into their everyday lives with the insight of H.E. Avikrita Rinpoche and H.E. Abhaya Rinpoche.
Dharma for Teens is led by Alden Moore and Emma Young. If you would like more information on Dharma for Teens or would like to be on our mailing list please contact Alden Moore or Emma Young by emailing the Monastery firstname.lastname@example.org. Events are announced by email.