At a glance…
When we meet: Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M
Suggested Donation: $10 / family
Detailed Schedule: visit our MEETUP.COM SITE
Our Facebook Group: Visit HERE.
BFP Resources: visit our Resource Page
What is Buddhist Family Practice?
Buddhist Family Practice is a unique opportunity on Sunday mornings for families with children to practice mindfulness and learn traditional Buddhist teachings such as compassion, interdependence, and gratitude. It follows the general format of the Buddhist Faith Fellowship’s regular adult gathering, but in a shorter, more relaxed format, with elements tailored to children under 12. Babies and toddlers (with parent or guardian) are welcome too!
Where and when do we meet?
We meet at the Wesleyan University Campus in Middletown, Connecticut, at the same location as the regular Buddhist Faith Fellowship gathering:
College of East Asian Studies
343 Washington Terrace
We generally meet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Please visit the Mindful Kids Meetup Group for schedule, details, and to RSVP.
What Should I Expect?
A typical session includes:
Candle Lighting Ceremony
Light symbolizes wisdom transforming our suffering into understanding and compassion. We “light” a safe (battery powered) candle to set the tone and intention of the gathering.
Listening to the Bell
Listening to the sound of the bell and following our breath is wonderful way to learn to calm our minds and return to ourselves
As a group we read short verses (gathas) to setting our intention to live a life of compassion and gratitude
Music, singing, and simple chants are a fun way to connect the mind, breath, and present moment
We practice a short period of sitting meditation, with options such as “pebble meditation” and “breathing buddy” for younger children
Awareness of body is another way to develop mindfulness. We do simple yoga postures or walking meditation.
Book Reading or Activity
We read from an age-appropriate book featuring mindfulness or Buddhist themes, and / or do a short activity for deeper exploration of a Buddhist theme
We close the practice with a verse and chant in which we dedicate our efforts to helping others
You can view and print our ceremony sheet by clicking here.
Walking the Path Together
An important part this experience is having parents and caregivers equally engaged in mindfulness practice by learning its content and practical applications. Because your own mindful development is an integral part of your child’s education, we require parents or guardians to attend with their child.
Additionally, we invite you to attend the Buddhist Faith Fellowship’s Sunday morning gatherings starting at 9 a.m. or another local meditation group on alternate weeks so you can deepen your assimilation of meditation and mindfulness into your life, In this way, you and your family can together walk the path of awareness, balance, and compassion.
Your Generosity is Appreciated
A donation of $10 per family is suggested to help pay for the space rental and material costs.