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Retreats and Programs
IMS Family Retreat
Six days, July, Massachusetts
Retreat for families held each August at
the Insight Meditation Society in Barre Massachusetts.
Young Adult Retreat - Annual retreat for 14-19 year-olds at the
Insight Meditation Society in Barre Massachusetts.
Family Sangha Retreat
Four days, July, Massachusetts
Retreat for families held annually since 2002 in July in Western
Spirit Rock Family Program
Classes, special days and retreats for kids and families at this California
Three days, August, W. Virginia
A retreat center
led by Bhante Gunaratana.
Zen Kids Program
Weekly, upstate New York
A weekly program at Zen Mountain Monastery.
3 days, August, upstate New York
A weekend workshop for families focusing on creativity and wilderness held
at Zen Mountain Monastery.
Heart Family Retreat
Four days, August, New Mexico
A retreat at the Upaya Zen retreat center with Joan Halifax and other
Shambhala Family Camp
One week, August, Colorado
An annual retreat at the Shambhala Mountain Center. Affiliated with
One week, July, Vermont
An annual retreat at the Karmê Chöling center, affiliated with Vajradhatu.
When the Buddha offered the
popular lay dharma teacher Dhammadinna the teaching on emptiness, the man
'Lord, it's no easy thing for us, living as we do in
crowded houses, committed to children, handling money and enjoying Benares
sandalwood, to spend our days learning these teachings. Let the Lord teach
us some other teaching, us who stand firm in the five precepts.'
The Buddha then taught on the importance of living
virtuous lives, building spiritual community (Sangha), studying the
teachings (Dhamma), and remembering enlightened mind (Buddha). Dhammadinna
was delighted when he realized that he and his lay students were more spiritually
established than he had thought.
|Master: I have no tolerance for
those who use their children as an excuse for not practicing.
Hermit: I have no tolerance for those who use
their practice as an excuse for not parenting.
Beggar: When we fully immerse ourselves in
parenting as our practice, we answer the question, Of what use is it
merely to enjoy this fleeting world? O sincere trainees, create no
Dharma orphans. Quickly is dew gone from the grass. Quicker still are
our children grown.
-Dharma Family Treasures