Children & Families Group

Family is the most intimate, on-the-ground social organization we have, the nucleus of our human relationships. Children are our future. Relating to the everyday challenges of household life with trust in the truth of basic goodness offers the society as a whole a vital example of an awake way to live. As Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche put it, “applying Shambhala vision to how we raise our children […] is actually upgrading basic human existence.”

As Sakyong MipFamily Sundayham Rinpoche has emphasized, the basic unit of Shambhala – the building block for creating enlightened society – is the household. While ‘family’ and ‘household’ are not necessarily synonymous, the family in its many diverse forms can similarly be seen as the basis of our world. In the kingdom of Shambhala, with mother and father principle at the centre, family extends everywhere. All of us, in our own way and time, are mothers, fathers, children, relatives, members of clans and households, bound together by our good heart and Buddhanature.

The Milwaukee Shambhala Center welcomes children. The Children & Families Group meets most Sunday mornings from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM in the downstairs meditation room. Parents and their children are invited to gather for a variety of activities including play, stories, exercise, and mindfulness practice.

The Children & Families group is a place where parents can connect and share their aspirations for cheerful and mindful parenting as well as the many challenges to be encountered. The group is also a place where children can connect, play and learn in a space of cheerfulness and mindfulness.

You are welcome to drop-in, and you can find out more about the group by contacting:

John Neil Thompson, jnthomps@gmail.com or Lynn Hoogerhyde, lucid_reality46_2@yahoo.com