The Buddha School meets on Sunday morning from 10:00 am - 11:30 am, where children ages 6 through 12 have an opportunity to learn the basics of Buddhism on an elementary level. Subjects include the life of Buddha, the life of Milarepa, and the life of Guru Rinpoche. Children learn to meditate and recite mantra. Craft time has many fun subjects including kindness to all sentient beings, holidays, mindfulness, and mandala.
Our goal is to provide the youth of the community of Dayton and surrounding areas with the knowledge of Buddhism needed to participate in spiritual decisions as they mature. Further, we wish to encourage the children to experience individual and family practice in their daily lives.
The children begin class with their current lesson from Buddhist Master Milarepa, a book on the life of Milarepa written for children. Lesson is followed by meditation in the meditation room or walking meditation outside if the weather permits. Craft time finishes the session.
Buddha School Curriculum
Our current curriculum is from Buddhist Master Milarepa: The Tibetan poet-Mystic & His Songs by Sanita Pant Bansal. During walking meditation the children are admonished to remain silent while meditating on a given subject such as mindfulness, generosity, and specific action or emotion control. Sitting meditation is a more formal silence followed by reciting a refuge prayer, mantra, and dedication.
New to the buddha school
The Pathfinders is a new and exciting study group for young teenagers, which is taught by Khenpo Samdrup with the assistance of Bonnie Topits and will be starting on September 9, 2012. We will meet downstairs at Gar Drolma between 2 pm and 3 pm on Sundays. Application on the first day for the class will be held at 1 pm and is limited to 10 students. Youth who turn 13 years of age this year 2012 through the age of 16 are eligible to attend. All course materials will be provided at no cost to the student. Any youth of appropriate age may apply regardless of religious affiliation.
ABOUT OUR DEDICATED TEACHERS
For more information on our resident lama, click here to see his bio....
People often ask me, "How long have you been a Buddhist?" I invariably reply, "All of my life, but I have been practicing for (eight) years." The number of years is not as important as the seeking for truth. With this in mind, it occurred to me that it would have been much better if I had been formally introduced to Buddhism at a younger age. Then I realized that the children of Gar Drolma were the future Buddhists of our sangha, and from there the idea for The Buddha School began. It later followed that the question arose, “Where does the thirteen year old go to learn?” The answer: to The Pathfinder study group for teens.
I could tell you many things about my life, but none would be more important than my love for family, which would include the family of the sangha. I belong to a small village called Gar Drolma. The most fulfilling hours of my life are spent there, teaching the children and promoting the develoment of educational program
After years spent searching for a spiritual path I had the privilege of seeing H.E. Garchen Rinpoche speak at public event. His words of love and compassion resonated within my heart. From that day forward I knew Gar Drolma would be home for me and my children. Gar Drolma has provided my family with the spiritual support needed to help instill compassion in my children lives and hearts.