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10:00am Children’s Dharma School
February 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am PST
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: Cultural Hall – For Children 5 – 12 years old
($5 donation is suggested to cover expenses for materials.)
The goal of the Children’s Dharma School is to introduce and explore age appropriate Buddhist concepts and principles, using creative and varied modalities. Different curricula have been devised for younger and older children so that they are engaged and excited about learning. Included are historical accounts of Shakyamuni Buddha, folktales, and legends traditionally taught in Tibetan Buddhism, as well as more intensive classes for the older children on such topics as the Four Noble Truths, The Six Perfections and other Buddhist principles. There are exercises to help children develop meditation techniques as well as a variety of art activities and a healthy snack offered during each class. Guest speakers are invited to give the children lectures on special topics and there are occasional field trips, as well as opportunities to learn about other spiritual traditions. Parents may leave their child/children with the Dharma School while they attend Sunday Chenrezi meditation, or join the children’s classes as assistants or observers.
Rhiannon Mayes and Virginia Hassinger are delighted to be helping with the Dharma School, and finding ways to share the message of Buddhism with children.