Children’s Program—Sangha School
September-May (Temporarily suspended until further notice.)
The Sangha School program is run from September through early May every Sunday during the adult service. For updates, check the Calendar.
Our program is ideally designed for children ages five-twelve but younger children may attend with a parent or guardian present. Parents are always welcome to stay if their child feels more comfortable with them there and many parents really enjoy participating in Sangha School with their children.
When service ends at 11 a.m. parents should come downstairs immediately to pick up their children. Please remember that at any other time when children under the age of 12 are downstairs or in the library, they must be accompanied by a parent/guardian for their safety.
Although there is no fee for the program, parents are encouraged to make a regular donation to the temple. Children are not required to sign-up, sign in, or attend every single week. Drop-ins are welcome.
Parents should subscribe to the Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple Weekly Newsletter to keep informed to be informed of any upcoming events relevant to the Family Program.
Children’s Precepts Ceremony
During Sangha School, preceptors will have studied, memorized, and practiced the Five Children’s Precepts:
• Do No Harm but Protect and Cherish all Life
• Do Not Steal but Practice Generosity
• Do Not Disrespect Boundaries but Honor People’s Space
• Do Not Lie but Practice Mindfulness of Speech
• Do Not Overdo It but Take Care of Your Body and Mind
During the ceremony, preceptors will then agree to do their best to follow and practice those precepts. They will then receive a temporary mark (stamp) on their forearm to remind them of their promise, receive a mala (beaded necklace), and will be given a “Dharma Nickname”. This ceremony “mirrors” the adult precept ceremony and is a very special event for Buddhist families.
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Children's Precept Ceremony