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Family Program Sunday Morning

What's New

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! - Our 5th - 8th grade class published a newsletter based on the guidelines they studied in their fall session. Click here for the pdf.

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.~ 16Guidelines.org

Holiday Schedule

Holiday Family Dharma ClassesParents are invited to join their children in the classroom building for special programming designed for Family participation. This program explores other events and rituals of buddhism that is not discussed in the 16 guidelines program. This is not a drop-off program. Parents attend with their children. Topics for each session will be included in weekly emails. 

  • Sundays, November 25 - January 6 (except Dec 23 and 30; children may join their parents in the gompa on Dec 23 and 30)
    • Nov 25, Thanksgiving weekend, families are invited to join the larger community in the gompa for a special program
    • Dec 2 - 16 and Jan 6, parents are invited to join their children in the classroom building for programming designed for family participation. 

Regular Schedule

16 Guidelines programming (Fall and Winter/Early Spring Sessions): The school year program objective is to highlight the sixteen guidelines (16G). 16G topics are covered over a two-year period. Weekly sessions are during Sunday Dharma Programming. There are four sessions and broken down as such:

  • How we think (Fall 2018)
  • How we act (Winter/Early Spring 2019)
  • How we relate to others (Fall 2019)
  • How we find meaning (Winter/Early Spring 2020) 

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Late Spring Family Dharma classes (May 5 - June 16):   Parents are invited to join their children in the classroom building for special programming designed for Family participation. This program explores other events and rituals of Buddhism that is not discussed in the 16 guidelines program. This is not a drop-off program. Parents attend with their children. Please check back for more details 

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Summer "Operation 16G" Program (June 23- August 25): The summer program objective is to highlight the four branches (Think, Act, Relate, and Meaning) of the sixteen guidelines using a condensed format. This will be achieved through various activities and the Summer Sunday Sessions. Please check back for more details.

Curriculum

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

Find out more here: http://www.16guidelines.org/publications/29-ready-set-happy