We believe that human nature, and particularly children, are inherently good and that our natural desire is to be free and connected, and to help others be the same. We call this life force Bodhicitta. The purpose of the Little Buddhas’ program is to nurture and awaken this inherent life energy, through activities that serve the well-being and ethical development of children, their caregivers, and community.
One aspect of this is to offer a children’s program during Sunday Services, from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, for kids approximately age four and up (they must be potty-trained, and otherwise developmentally able to participate and cooperate). Younger children are always welcome, provided they attend with a caregiver.
Little Buddhas activities are as varied as the people who attend our sangha. For example, volunteers might make cookies with the kids, share a simple craft, play games, read stories, or sing with the children. When weather permits, the Little Buddhas spend time outside. We encourage volunteers to be inventive with the activities in which they intend the children to participate.
The kids’ program is cooperative and interdependent. This means it is only sustained when parents and other volunteers step up and work together to make it happen. For children to attend The Little Buddhas, parents/caregivers agree to volunteer one Sunday a month, and contribute to the creation and coordination of activities. Volunteers also include credentialed teachers, teenage and adult members of the sangha, and community friends. We offer a high adult-to-child ratio, which supports safety and fun.
Before participating in the Little Buddha Program, parents must complete an application packet, which includes:
The application must be submitted and reviewed before children attend the program.