is Cambridge Zen Center's
children program for ages from 5 to 12. The meeting is at 11:30AM on
Sundays. We usually meet on the first Sunday of the month but there
are exceptions. Please refer to the dates listed below. It focuses
on cultivating mindfulness for children through fun games and
engaging activities. More specifically:
Fees and registration
- Develop skills to pay attention and practice seeing and
hearing things around them clearly.
- Bring awareness and compassion to their inner emotions and
- Using above skills, try to make wiser and kinder choices in
their everyday lives.
program is free but if you find it helpful, donation of any amount
is appreciated. You don't need to register for the program but if it
is your first time, please send us email at
so that we can better prepare.
: The program
takes place in the main Dharma room for about one hour and a half.
You are welcome to stay with the little ones depending on how
comfortable they feel and how much you are curious about the
program. There is a small Dharma room where parents can practice
Meeting dates and themes
Mindful tasting, mindful smelling
By practicing focused attention through the senses of smell and
taste, we hope to broaden children’s ability to observe and
enjoy their daily experiences.
Dec 5 Cancelled
Jan 5 Mindful movement
Through fun games and activities, we practice paying attention
to the sensations and signals from our bodies. This heightened
awareness will in turn help children better self regulate their
emotions and behavior.
Feb 2 Perspective talking
Through activities, story telling and games, we learn to
consider viewpoints that are different from ours and respond
to different situations with mindfulness and compassion.
Earth day: taking care of our home, the earth
Mar 9 Choosing optimism
Through story telling and fun activities, we explore the
benefits of optimism and see how pessimism can negatively
affect our ability to be kind with one self , make friends
with others, and learning.
April 6 Expressing gratitude
Through story telling, sharing and other fun activities, we
learn the importance and joy of expressing gratitude as a
regular practice in our everyday life.
As an continuation of our theme on
“Expressing Gratitude” from last month, we extend that to our
only home, the earth and learn to take responsibility for its
June 1 Performing
Acts of Kindness
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Through story telling and fun activities, children learn the
importance of kindness to cultivate shared happiness and
connection with others.
Resources for mindfulness parenting
comprehensive list of more than 100 books and websites for
children, parents and educators.
list of other useful books for parents as well as children.
3. 'Planting Seeds' is a treasure when it comes to mindfulness
activities for children. It's written by renowned zen master Thich
Nhat Hahn himself. It's website
has much information.
3. Mindfulness in Education
is an effort by Thich Nhat Hahn and his school's
effort to bring mindfulness education to the mainstream education
actress Goldie Hawn is big on mindfulness education. She created a
foundation that is dedicated to developing mindfulness education to
classrooms across America.
Different medication activities for kids and also place to share
mindfulness parenting experiences.
6. Why mindfulness eduction is important? Research has shown
that mindfulness education increases emotional and social
intelligence. See below for details.
children's program at a zen center in Portland Oregon.
Contains 'Dharma school manual.
Tibetan Buddhist center's children's program.