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Welcome families! The Family Program is a very exciting part of the Kadampa Center. With the help of our incredibly committed volunteer team of more than 40 members, our unique program offers weekly Sunday classes for children of all ages.  Special events are also held throughout the year.

Sunday Classes need Volunteers! Sign up here.

NEW FOUR-WEEK MODULAR CLASS FORMAT

- Last Courage Class: Dec 10,
 
COURAGE: To accept responsibilities and challenges with determination and equanimity

~ 16Guidelines.org

Sunday, Dec 17th - Combined Class lesson making light offerings and learning about Lama Tsongkapa

  • Holidays with Lights
    Geshe-la suggested making mental offerings when you see Christmas lights. When you see the lights, think that each light becomes millions of lights in front of each one of all the holy beings, including your spiritual masters and all Buddhas and bodhisattvas from the ten directions. Imagine the illumination of lights dispels the ignorance of all sentient beings, which is the source of all sufferings, especially mental sufferings. Wish that they may they be able to see the Buddha's pure land. After that, think "therefore I am making this mental light offering; may I be able to offer these lights all the time to Buddhas, bodhisattvas, deities, dharma protectors, etc." Imagine they receive your offerings and are delighted. It's so easy to create huge amount a merit, and merit is the cause of success. (email from Sarah Brooks)
  • Lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), the founder of the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition, is renowned as a great scholar, practitioner, meditator, teacher, and author. Among his many accomplishments, he revitalized the monastic code in Tibet, established the annual Great Prayer Festival, established Ganden Monastery, the first of the great monasteries in the Gelugpa tradition, and wrote 18 volumes of teachings, including his Great Treatise on the Path to Enlightenment, the Lam Rim.

Sundays Dec 24th and Dec 31st - NO Children's Classes, You are welcome to bring your children to the Gompa and to our unique Happy New Year ceremony!

Sunday, Jan 7th - Sunday Morning classes begin again on.  The next 16 Guideline studied will be: Humility. Throughout the Winter and into early Spring we will continue to study How We Think by practicing Patience, Contentment, and then Delight
 

FAMILY PROGRAM WISH LIST (Leave items on bench by back door)
  • Education building vacuum
  • Sharpened pencils
  • Regular glue
  • Glue sticks
  • Play-Doh®
  • Disinfectant wipes
     

All of our teachers, assistants, and coordinators are volunteers who have been trained and have successfully passed background checks. Along with being run soley through donations, the Kadampa Center is the only FPMT Center in the world to offer weekly classes with curriculum taliored for children.

  • Infants: Infants can participate in our preschool classroom; we do not have a room dedicated to infants
  • Preschool: Children age four and under remain in the preschool classroom in our main building
    • Parents are welcome to stay their children in the preschool room
    • Teachings are broadcast in the preschool room via audio and video
  • Lower Elementary: When children turn five they are invited to join this class held in the Education Building (adjacent to main building)
  • Upper Elementary: Also held in the Education Building
  • Middle: Meets at the conference table in the lobby
  • High School: High schoolers participate in a variety of ways including listening to the teachings in the gompa, volunteering, and participating in service projects 

How can you participate? All members are invited to be a part of our volunteer team. No special skills are required and it's a great way to learn more, enhance your practice, give to our community, and simply have fun. All classroom supplies and snacks are in-kind donations and always welcome. Snack suggestions.

               

Hand-painted cards made during a Sunday children's class in celebration of Compassion Day, a holiday held in July that commemorates the birthday of His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama.