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Family Program Sunday Morning

Program Schedule

Our Sunday Program is a vibrant mix of drop-off and family programming. Much of our curriculum content is based on the 16 Guidelines.~

Summer Schedule

  • Sundays, June 17th - Sunday, August 19th, 10:30-noon (off site on July 22)
    Operation 16G: The summer program objective is to highlight the four branches (Think, Act, Relate, and Meaning) of the 16 guidelines using a condensed format. Two of the pre-selected electives are Right Speech and Service. Electives from the other two branches will be selected by the summer program participants. This will be achieved through various activities and the Summer Sessions.

    • In 10 weeks over the Summer, kids will produce a movie, interact with art projects, and volunteer service. The Summer Program objectives will start with a Spring Family Campout (see above), and culminate with the 5th Annual Family Dharma Camp.

    • This is a drop-off program. Ages 5 and up will meet in the classroom building. Middle school and high school members will act as co-facilitators of the program.  They will be of great service to our family program and will provides excellent leadership. Their assistance can be applied to any school requirement for volunteer hours. Preschoolers will continue to have drop off in the main building.

    • July 22 - Jordan Lake Clean Up Day - click here for more information

  • Registration is CLOSED for Family Dharma Camp 2018, August 24-26 - Click here for more info.

Fall Schedule

  • Sundays, September 2 - November 18
    • 16 Guidelines Curriculum from the wisdom group How We Think
    • Classes for preschool, elementary school, and middle school
    • Drop-off programming led by volunteers
    • We are currently looking for voluneers. If you are interested, please email and mark your calendar for our kick-off meeting August 19 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm 

Volunteering for Fall - FAQs

  • What will I do? Teach a Class or Assist a Teacher, depending on experience
  • What is the topic? 16 Guidelines. These topics empower children and youth through developing their innate capacity to be kind and wise, to make a positive difference in the world, and to live in a way that will bring peace and well being to themselves and to those around them
  • What age? Preschool, Elementary or Middle school students, depending on your experience and program needs
  • When? Volunteer time is Sunday 10:00 - 12:15 to include setup before class and cleanup after.
  • How often and for how long? Fall Session - One class, once per month in September, October, and November (Winter Session, Thanksgiving through New Year, will be family programming.) 
  • Is there paperwork required? We’ll send you a google form that gives your consent to a background check and the FPMT ethical policy
  • How will I know what to do? We are holding a kick-off meeting and training session Sunday August 19 from 5:30 - 7:30 in the classroom building at the Kadampa Center. Please save the date!
  • Who do I contact if I'm interested? Please email Christy



Each month we explore one of the 16 Guidelines, celebrate Buddhist holy days (such as Saka Dawa and Lama Tsongkhapa Day), introduce Buddhist practices (including prostrations and reciting mantras), and participate in Center-wide celebrations (like Losar and Compassion Day).

In large part, our curriculum is developed from the 16 Guidelines, character traits that can bring happiness and meaning to everyday life. Our lineage teacher Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains the necessity of teaching children these guidelines:

“In short, your children have to create karma from their own side in order to

experience happiness and success. Just as a beggar on the street is not nourished by someone

eating delicious food in an expensive restaurant, likewise your child will not experience happiness

as a result of the good karma created by its parents.”

The 16 Guidelines were developed within Universal Wisdom Education (UWE) whose aim is to empower children, youth and adults to make a positive difference in the world through developing their innate capacity to be kind and wise, and to live in a way that will bring peace and wellbeing to themselves and the people around them. The 16 Guidelines are collected under four themes:

  • How we think
  • How we act
  • How we relate to others
  • How we find meaning

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