Zen Family Practice

For Parents/Caregivers and their Children from Birth to Kindergarten Age, and Older Siblings

Meets every other Sunday from 9:00 – 10:45 am; see dates below or the calendar

Zen Family Practice is based on the early childhood family education model: grown ups and children attend the class together. The class begins with dharma songs, yoga and mindfulness practices. Grown ups then have a discussion led by a teacher, while the children enjoy a snack and free form play to build friendships. Children who have difficulties separating are welcome to stay with the grown up group. The families come back together for story time and closing, then join the adults in the zendo briefly for announcements and a song.

Zen Family Practice was created as a way to share ideas about how to cultivate a household with a spiritual center. We have a chance to express our concerns, learn about home-centered practices for families, and meet others with similar interests.

Raising children in a spiritual tradition helps to give them the foundation they need as they grow. By starting at a young age, we have the opportunity to create life long patterns that give our children support through difficult times.

Zen Family Practice is by donation. Email Kikan if you are coming for the first time or need more information.

2019 dates:

  • September 15 & 29
  • October 13
  • No meeting on October 26 after Segaki
  • November 10 & 24
  • December 15: All Ages Buddha’s Enlightenment Activities

2020 dates:

  • January 5 & 19
  • February 2 & 16
  • March 1, 15 & 29
  • April 5: All Ages Buddha’s Birthday Activities
  • April 12& 26

Zen Family Practice – Guide for Teachers and Parents

Questions? Please email Youth Practice Leader Kikan Mike Howard