Family Program

About our Growing Brave Family Program

Our family program for families with children between 3 and 12 years old is based on the Sitting Together curriculum developed by Sumi Loundon Kim. We have customized it based on both of our dual lineages – the secular Shambhala lineage, which includes people of all or no religions, as well as the Kagyü and Nyingma Tibetan Buddhist lineages. The program is therefore based on the principles that all people, including children, embody innate goodness, curiosity, and kindness. We welcome families from any or no religious backgrounds to attend.

While lessons do build on each other, there are no prerequisites for attending any particular lesson. However, children and adults who do attend all lessons in a particular unit will receive a pin in a ceremony during the last class of the unit. The units are meditation, kindness, ethics, character, nature, and Shambhala culture.

A healthy snack will be provided. Please consider contributing a small donation of $10 to help cover expenses.

The Growing Brave Family Program meets every 3rd Sunday, from 11 AM to 12 PM. Space is limited, please contact [email protected] for more information.

2019 Scheduled Classes

Jan 20, 2019Celebrating Shambhala Day
Feb 17, 2019Breathing meditation
Mar 17, 2019Mindfulness of the senses
Apr 21, 2019No class – Easter Sunday
May 19, 2019Mindfulness of the body
Jun 16, 2019Celebrating Midsummer
Jul 21, 2019Walking meditation
Aug 18, 2019Mindfulness of emotions
Sep 15, 2019Celebrating Harvest of Peace
Oct 20, 2019Mindfulness of throughts
Nov 17, 2019Pebble meditation/Building a practice
Dec 15, 2019Celebrating Children’s Day

We also meet occasionally to talk and play outside, where there aren’t so many rules to follow (no touching the shrines, sit still on your cushion, etc.) and we can have fun together socially. In the past, we have held a pool party and gone camping together. We also often have fun activities for children during sangha celebrations of nyida days (solstices and equinoxes).

Attending a Growing Brave Class

The program starts at 11 AM. Children will line up to enter the meditation hall at 10:55 when the bell is rung. When everyone is silent, we will take our shoes off, enter the Garuda meditation hall with an optional Shambhala bow, line up our shoes at the back of the shrine room, and sit down quietly on cushions in a circle. Until then, children may play in the garden outside or have a snack in the post-meditation hall (PMH). Please have children go to the bathroom before the program starts. Parents will gather in a separate room after the children have gone inside.

All children will participate in the opening ceremony together. To help make lessons age-appropriate, however, we will sometimes split children who can read (approx. grade 1 and above) from children who cannot.

Parents, no drop-offs, please. This is a family program with separate sessions for adults and children, to help your whole family practice together.

When you register, please register once per family and indicate the number of children and adults in the comment box. Please consider a $10 donation per family to help cover the cost of the program.