Parenting As Path: The Way of the Bodhisattva Warrior

with Yeshe Clarke

January 24th (2015)

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Room: Main Shrine Room
Program Registration is Closed.

The path of parenting has the potential to transform us from being closed and self-centered to being open and compassionate. Rather than seeing children as a problem for our spiritual practice, we can view them as the path itself. Meditation practice brings us in connection with the simple, nonjudgmental acceptance that is essential to sharing a life with children. One could say that it is the basic discipline of being a parent.

Today’s children are bombarded with ideas and commands about how they should be. We live in a highly competitive world which can put a lot of pressure on children in many subtle ways. How can we help our children to have a basic acceptance of their being, seeing below the surface of things. Then they can navigate the world with a basic confidence in who they are, recognizing what is good for them and what is not.

Join us on Saturday, January 24th for a day long program exploring parenthood as a path of practice. We will explore ways to manifest principles of the Bodhisattva path and Shambhala warriorship in our families and in our lives. The Bodhisattva is one who is dedicated to the well-being of others and whose actions are guided by the principles of the Paramitas, or virtuous actions. As parents we have the good fortune of ample opportunities to practice putting others first. Through an exploration of the 6 Paramitas we will investigate how to bring further intention, wisdom, and compassion into our parenting, into our own minds and hearts, and by extension into our interaction with the world around us.

Lunch is included and limited childcare will be offered. Please note names and ages of children as well as any dietary restrictions in registration notes.

Please contact Sharon Doetsch-Kidder with any questions:

Director: Yeshe Clarke is a senior teacher in the Baltimore Shambhala center and directs their monthly parenting as path program. She was born and raised in the Shambhala sangha in Boulder, Colorado, and went to the Vidya School, the Shambhala run elementary/middle school. She also has a Buddhist Psychotherapy practice in Baltimore.

Suggested donation: $75

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Mindfulness means moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness. It’s cultivated by refining our capacity to pay attention, intentionally, in the present moment, and then sustaining that attention over time. It means becoming more in touch with our life as it is unfolding.
Parenting through mindfulness has the potential to penetrate past surface appearances and behaviors and allow us to see our children as they truly are, so we can act with some degree of wisdom and compassion. The more we are able to keep in mind the intrinsic wholeness and beauty of our children – especially when it’s difficult to see – the more our ability to be mindful deepens. – Jon Kabat Zinn