The Club is divided into three age groups:
- 10 – 15 yrs
- 7 – 9 yrs
- 4 – 6 yrs
Dharma club is for school age children as these are the ages that they able to concentrate and participate. Younger siblings are welcome to come but we ask that parents supervise the younger child to keep the disruption to a minimum.
Dharma Club needs to be flexible. Children’s lives are so busy these days. There is so much input and so much activity that we resist asking people to enrol and make a firm commitment. So you may come one month but not the next if that suits the family. Because of this fluidity, the groups may change each month and you may not find your child in the same group. Please speak with Jenny if you have specific requirements.
Trish is a qualified Kindergarten teacher and looks after the Junior group.
Helen Ponder is a trained teacher, and Education officer of the Buddhist Council of Victoria.
Jenny Molloy is a trained secondary school teacher and has been coordinating Dharma Club for now her sixth year. Jenny will coordinate the two older groups with the help of visiting teachers, such as Ven Michael Yeshe, Translator at Tara Institute and visiting teachers.
That children have fun together learning about Buddhist philosophy.
The main thrust we would like the children to get is:
- Good thoughts lead to good actions = happiness.
- Unhappy thoughts lead to unhappy actions =sadness.
- Practising love and compassion we can direct our minds in the right direction.
- It is most important the kids know that “Kind is Cool!” and that there are other children that think like they do.
Part of each class will be dedicated to simple meditation. Meditation can contribute a great deal to one’s sense of well being. It is hoped that the children can gain some inner knowledge.
- A quiet still place–The source of happiness within us all
- Karma–Sow happy seeds for tomorrow: No effort = no result
- Practising patience as an antidote to anger
- Jealousy and its antidote–Rejoicing
- What makes for a good friend versus peer group pressure
- Developing kindness as a source of happiness
- Finding the right direction: The eight fold path to happiness
- Who is the Dalai Lama?
We are fortunate enough to have His Holiness visit Australia once again in December, so hopefully there will be an opportunity to see him.
The material will be appropriately adapted to each age group. There will be a mixture of story telling, craft, discussion, and practical meditation.
Landcox Hall, Tara institute, 3 Mavis Avenue, East Brighton, 3187
If you want to join us or to find out more, please call our office on (03) 9596 8900 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Dharma Club Coordinator