DharmaGarden – Our Children’s Programs
Through stories and songs, art projects and games, discussions and ritual, children in our DharmaGarden are offered opportunities to deepen their understanding of themselves, the teachings of Buddhism and the practice of the Dharma in their daily lives. We strive to navigate a Middle Way between a sense of the sacred, mysterious, and ceremonial, and the light-hearted songs-and-games side of life. The children learn to use tools to tackle the deeper questions, and have a good time doing it.
DharmaGarden consists of several elements:
Childcare is offered at Dharma Rain Zen Center on Sunday mornings to provide an opportunity for parents to participate in Sunday morning practice at Dharma Rain Zen Center. Childcare is held at the Siskiyou House. Drop-in fees are $10/ child.
DharmaSchool is for children and young people ages 3-18 who are interested in Buddhism or who come from Buddhist homes. It meets roughly every other Sunday from September to June. Participants are divided into six groups, roughly organized by age/grade: Lotus, Daisy, Dogwood, Willow, Spruce and Doug Fir.
In addition to the programs listed above, other DharmaGarden activities include picnics and family days; participation in sangha activities; performances for the sangha; service projects; and occasional overnights for the Spruce and Doug Fir groups.