Family Practice/Dharma School
Ashland Zen Center welcomes parents and children to join us for Family Practice.
For adults, we provide Soto Zen Practice, and the unique opportunity to dissolve the false separation between "home" life and "spiritual" life.
For children, Family Practice is made up of activities and responsibilities that bring to life basic values such as sharing, taking only what is needed, cleaning up after ourselves, helping others, etc.
While adults sit zazen and participate in service, the children meet for an hour and a quarter, and activities include mindful walks, meditation, sensory games, chanting, and free play. At certain times of year more structured activities take place.
Then the children and the whole community works together for half an hour (e.g. cleaning tables, gardening, moving rocks, filling bird-feeders) and preparing for potluck.
After the meal, the kids participate a shift of dish cleanup, then have some more free time to play.
We are cultivating each child’s ability to reflect and be present, to relax into a community of adults who are practicing Zen Buddhism, and to work and socialize with adults and children who share the intention to be kind, wise, and courageous in their everyday life.
If you are interested in joining Family Practice, please email the address below or call Ramana at (541) 201-1160.
After your inquiry, you may fill out the registration and release form below for your child(ren). Email Ramana Waymire with any questions.
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Mail or bring it to: Ashland Zen Center
740 Tolman Creek Rd
Ashland OR 97520
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