Parenting as a Path & Children's Program

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Our homes and families are the ground of our spiritual paths and our work creating enlightened society. With children, we have daily opportunities to practice generosity, discipline, patience, and exertion. Through meditation practice, we can connect with the wisdom that guides these virtues.

Parenting as Path

The path of parenting has the potential to transform us from being closed and self-centered to being open and compassionate. Rather than seeing children as a problem for our spiritual practice, we can view them as the path itself. Meditation practice brings us in connection with the simple, nonjudgmental acceptance that is essential to sharing a life with children. Our Parenting as Path study group meets monthly on Third Sundays from 10:00-noon. Babes in arms are welcome in the study group. The children’s program is also offered during that time.

Children’s Program

The Center’s children’s program uses physical exercises, creative activities, and meditation to help children relax, develop inner strength and compassion, and realize the basic goodness of all sentient beings. Activities are designed to be accessible and fun for newcomers as well as those with more experience. We meet monthly on Third Sundays from 10:00-noon, beginning with family practice and a story before parents of children ages 4 and up break out for either Parenting as Path or for sitting in the Main Shrine Room. We regroup at 11:55 to close and finish at noon. Parents of children from birth through age 3 are asked to stay with their children during the children’s program.

Schedule
10:00 – welcome/sign in/open shrine
10:15 – group practice
10:25-11:55 – parents’ practice and discussion
11:55 – regroup and close

Click here for more information on our Children’s and Families Program.

RSVPs with ages of children, dietary restrictions, or other special needs appreciated:kids@dcshambhala.org. You may also register and use the Comment field to add additional information.

Source: dc.shambhala.org

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