Saturdays | 4:30-5:30pm | Cost: $10 per family | free for members | snacks included. Drop ins are welcome. No need to pre-register.
Family life is challenging. Amidst the constant bustle of busy daily life, it is easy to forget to make time to appreciate our family. Yet living with and raising a family can provide endless opportunities in which we can improve our own good qualities such as patience and love through learning to cultivate a peaceful mind. Meditation for Families will give everyone a chance to relax and to learn how to enjoy life in the beautiful new Kadampa Meditation Center Indianapolis.
The class will include practical teachings on improving family life for both guardians and children, crafts, and short meditations. All families are welcome, no previous experience of Buddhism is necessary.
Recommended for children ages 4-12.
February 25: Building a Buddhist Shrine
March 25: Who Was Buddha?
April 22: Everything Depends Upon the Mind
May 20: Giving: The Beauty of Generosity
June 17: Patience: Overcoming Anger and Frustration
July 22: Moral Discipline: Not Harming Others
August 19: Effort: Joy in Virtue
September 23: Concentration: Sticking to the Task
October 21: Wisdom: Living the Dream
November 18: What is Meditation?
December 16: The Gift of Happiness
Location: Kadampa Meditation Center Indianapolis, 8407 Castleton Corner Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46250, (317) 374-5281 firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I or my child need to have experience in meditation or Buddhism to attend Meditation for Families?
No experience in meditation or Buddhism is necessary to attend. Meditation for Families was designed to help children reach their full potential through learning meditations and simple lessons from Buddhist teachings that nurture the inner skills they need to be happy and confident in life.
We’ve never been to a Buddhist Center before. What should we expect?
Classes at the Center are very accessible. Your child does not need anything in particular or to wear any special clothing. Both chairs and cushions are available at the Center, so children can sit wherever they are most comfortable. When entering the meditation room, it is traditional to take off shoes and hats.
What does a typical Meditation for Families class look like?
Each class will include simple, guided meditations that children and families can begin to introduce into daily life. Classes will usually include a short talk on methods to calm the mind and ways to deal with negative feelings, discussions about everyday experiences relevant to children, and fun activities that foster habits such as kindness, cooperation, patience and giving. Classes are as interactive as possible to allow children time to explore and grow into meditation.
What if my child has a hard time sitting still?
Many people think children can’t meditate because they have difficulty sitting still, but this simply is not true. Although sitting still is helpful during meditation practice, it is not required; we can meditate during all of our daily activities simply by holding a positive state of mind, such as love or compassion. Since all children can learn positive ways of thinking, even about challenging situations, they can definitely learn to meditate, even if they have difficulty sitting still. Like any skill, meditation takes practice. In these classes, children will learn short, guided meditations. As children practice and gain experience, they will be able to sit quietly for longer periods of time.
About the KMC Indianapolis
Kadampa Meditation Center Indianapolis was founded originally Dromtonpa Buddhist Center in 1998 at the request of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition. KMC Indy is one of 1,200 NKT Centers in 40 countries. The purpose of the Center is to provide the people of Indianapolis and the surrounding area with practical spiritual advice and encouragement so that they can learn to lead happier, more peaceful, and meaningful lives.