Every parent wants their child to be happy, healthy and successful in life. Meditation is a perfect tool to introduce into a child’s day to promote inner strength and mental and emotional well-being.
In these monthly classes, children will learn simple meditations and other methods to calm their minds and ways to deal with negative feelings. Classes include a short discussion about everyday experiences relevant to children, guided meditation, and fun activities that foster habits such as kindness cooperation, patience and giving. For ages 4-12.
Dates for 2016
While children are in their class, adults are welcome to join us for Prayers for World Peace which happens concurrently in the World Peace Temple.
47 Sweeney Road Glen Spey, NY 12737
Drop-in at any time. No need to pre-register.
$2 per child
We are a non-profit organization. All profits go towards supporting the International Temples Project for World Peace.
$5 per meal
Please call us and reserve in advance. (845) 856-9000
No experience in meditation or Buddhism is necessary to attend. Meditation for Kids was designed to help children reach their full potential through learning meditations and simple lessons from Buddhist teachings that nurture the inner skills they need to be happy and confident in life..
Q. We’ve never been to a Buddhist Temple before. What should we expect?
Classes are very accessible. Your child does not need anything in particular or to wear any special clothing. Both chairs and cushions are available in the meditation room so children can sit where they are most comfortable. When entering the meditation room, it is traditional to take off shoes and hats.
Q. What does a typical Meditation for Kids look like?
Each class will include simple, guided meditations that children and families can begin to introduce into daily life. Classes will usually include a short talk on methods to calm the mind and ways to deal with negative feelings, discussions about everyday experiences relevant to children, and fun activities that foster habits such as kindness, cooperation, patience and giving. Classes are as interactive as possible to allow children time to explore and grow into meditation.
Q: What if my child has a hard time sitting still?
Many people think children can’t meditate because they have difficulty sitting still, but this simply is not true. Although sitting still is helpful during meditation practice, it is not required; we can meditate during all of our daily activities simply by holding a positive state of mind, such as love or compassion. Since all children can learn positive ways of thinking, even about challenging situations, they can definitely learn to meditate, even if they have difficulty sitting still. Like any skill, meditation takes practice. In these classes, children will learn short, guided meditations. As children practice and gain experience, they will be able to sit quietly for longer periods of time.
Q: What else does KMC New York offer for kids and families?
Families are always welcome to visit the Center – to spend time in the Temple or enjoy the beautiful environment. Every June we hold our Annual Summer Fun Fair with games, entertainment, and activites for kids of all ages. July 11-13, we will hold a Family Break Weekend, which includes activities based on Buddhist teachings, fun and games for families.