Family Practice BZC Events for Families of All Ages

 

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BZC Family Practice Re-Emerging

Picnic March 14 at 1:00 pm

We’re having an informal gathering on Saturday afternoon, March 14. This will give new families a chance to explore BZC temple and grounds, and give us all a chance to meet each other and envision what we may want for the future. To let us know you are hoping to attend, send an email to Laurie (lauriesenauke@sonic.net).

Program Facilitator

BZC is looking for a facilitator/teacher/leader for our Family Program (Saturday mornings, parents and children together).  We have some interested families, a space, and some resources, and we are looking for you to help us put it all together.  You have:

  • A feeling for Buddhist practice
  • Experience with young children
  • A desire to share spiritual life with families

This is an emerging program, which the teacher will have an opportunity to shape.

For more information, contact Meredith (meredith.janson@gmail.com) or Laurie (lauriesenauke@sonic.net).

Here’s what the Saturday program used to look like:

BZC Family Practice is offered on most Saturdays (still check the calendar for details, and always RSVP so we can share late-breaking news), at the usual time, from 9:30 to 11:15.

Our program consists of crafts, songs, stories, check-ins, the making and serving of snack, walks, craft and art projects, and other things that spring to mind.  We journey together, “to wake up and to sing!”

Parent Dharma Study Group

This is dormant for the time being.  A clamoring on the part of of a few parents could result in its reanimation.  Contact Laurie (lauriesenauke@sonic.net) with your suggestions.

Ad Hoc Supervised Play and Support

Coverage for Zazen Instruction and Beginner’s Orientation (8:45 Saturdays), the Saturday program during the summer months, and Practice Discussion is available by prior arrangement. Along with our interest in discovering and developing new forms of practice within our day-to-day family life, we want to help you keep the flame of formal practice alive. Contact Laurie (lauriesenauke@sonic.net ) to make arrangements.

Family Practice Email Group

To make it easier to publicize, announce and remind ourselves about family practice activities at BZC, we have a Yahoo group. We’d love to have you join this list if you have children in your life, even if you don’t typically attend family practice events. We promise to send, at most, ONE email per week, just a short reminder of upcoming events. To join, just email Laurie (lauriesenauke@sonic.net).

Special Ceremonies: Sejiki and Buddha’s Birthday

Twice a year, families join the larger BZC sangha.

In late October, we hold our Sejiki ceremony, based on the Japanese Obon Festival and held near the time of Halloween. We call forth and nourish “hungry ghosts” and call out the names of family and friends who have passed away in the last year.

In early April, we offer our Buddha’s Birthday celebration. Usually we put on a little show and then everyone has a chance to bathe the baby Buddha.

Joining together, we bring forth the meaning of these traditional ceremonies. Watch the calendar for the exact dates.

Family Sesshin

Also dormant – also could re-emerge based on conditions.

And finally, “Like” our Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/BerkeleyZenCenterParentsNetwork