This year, from July 26th~28th, we are excited to again offer one session of the Bodhiseed Summer Retreat program for children ages 5 to 10. The program utilizes the wonderful facility at Buddha Gate Monastery located at 3254 Gloria Terrace in Lafayette.
The Bodhiseed Summer Retreat will offer creative theme days and activities to inspire children to learn about meditation and Buddhist practices. Students will begin each day with sitting and walking meditation sessions to help them quiet their minds and be introspective. The Abbess will tell them different stories and lead discussions on topics that include respect, kindness, harmony, and honesty. These virtues are blended with self-discipline classes. They will also learn to memorize the wisdom words during the break time.
The programs are designed and supervised by the Buddha Gate Monastery Dharma Masters and volunteer members. The hours are from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. For parents that need more flexibility, the monastery childcare is open at 8:00 am. Children are offered a hot vegetarian lunch and two snacks daily. Please let us know if your child has specific food allergies or needs a special diet.
The registration starts now. Space is available on a first-come first-served basis. Your registration is only complete when the application and emergency forms have been submitted in person. You will be notified of your application’s acceptance by email or phone. The programs at Buddha Gate Monastery are free of charge.
However, your free will donation and voluntary help are appreciated.
At the Bodhiseed Summer Retreat, we hope to plant the Bodhiseed (seed of enlightenment) in children’s minds to develop a better sense of their moral compass. We look forward to a wonderful experience for your child this summer.