Shambhala Children's Program Bodhi School

with Alison Pepper & Noah Haspray

June 10th (2018)

Date details +
  • $40 Patron
  • $30 General
  • $20 Members

$30 General Drop-In, $20 Member Drop-In

For our last session on Sunday, June 10th, we will be gathering at 10:45AM at the southern end of Central Park, in the area just east of the entrance to Heckscher Playground.  Please bring food, drink or an outdoor game you would like to share.

Bodhi School, a new addition to Shambhala NYC's Children’s Program, is a six-month cycle of classes that provides children ages 3 through Teen an opportunity to experience the basic view, forms, stories, and teachings of the Shambhala path. We acknowledge children as spiritual beings and give them the tools and space to discover and express their basic goodness, sanity, and compassion.

In 2018 we will use the framework of the Shambhala Sadhana to guide our exploration of self, other, and society. The Shambhala Sadhana is a liturgy practice composed by the Sakyong in 2011 as a way to celebrate and strengthen our understanding of basic goodness and enlightened society. The Bodhi School curriculum will draw from the wisdom of the Sadhana in age-appropriate ways to help children cultivate their own goodness, gentleness, compassion, and confidence.

Winter/Spring 2018 Curriculum

  • January: Welcome and age appropriate introduction to the Shambhala Sadhana
  • February: Exploration of Self
  • March: Exploration of Other
  • April: Exploration of Society
  • May: Engaging with the Environment
  • June: End of the Year Celebration in the Park

Age Groups

Children ages 3 - 12 will meet from 10:45am to 12pm as follows:

  • Tigers (ages 3-5) and Lions (ages 6-8) in the Main Shrine Room East (Garuda Hall) with Alison Pepper
  • Garudas (ages 9-10) and Dragons (ages 11-12) in the Main Shrine Room West with Noah Haspray

*NEW* Explorers (ages 13+) will meet from 12:30pm - 1:30pm in Main Shrine Room East (Garuda Hall)

Whole Family Programming

Inspired by the growing movement to create more “whole family” oriented programming within Shambhala, Shambhala NYC aims to accommodate everyone on the path. Parents are warmly invited to sit and engage in conversation in the Community Room while their children are in class or participate in Public Sitting, which takes place every Sunday from 9:30am to 12pm.

We encourage families to commit to the entire semester. This helps the children build their own community (sangha). It also assists the teacher in planning purposes and allows the children to grow and build on their understanding and experience from one class to the next.

Parents and children are invited to gather for a brown bag lunch and social hour in the Community Room from 12:00 to 1:30pm.

Thank you for pre-registering!

About the Teachers

Alison PepperAlison Pepper, LCSW is a student of the Shambhala lineage holder, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and has been practicing in Shambhala since 2006. Alison is a therapist specializing in Buddhist psychotherapy as well as child and family therapy. She has been teaching childrens programming at the NY Shambhala center, skylake, and Karme Choling for the last 8 years. When she isn't in the shrineroom or therapy office you can find Alison in the garden or woods creating nature therapy group work and play based work for kids, families, and creative adults. Alison will teach the Lions and Tigers.

Noah HasprayNoah Haspray grew up attending Shambhala Centers from New York to Nova Scotia from a young age, and he became a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 1993. He is a trained meditation instructor and a longtime Shambhala Family Camper, where he has served as a co-teacher of the Explorers group, working with teens, and a Rites of Passage teacher. Noah currently lives in Brooklyn with son. He is a mentor and career coach to students in the five boroughs of New York City. Noah will teach the Garudas and Dragons.

Generosity Policy: Our Generosity Policy helps make programming available to all those who wish to participate. To utilize the Generosity Policy, please call the Registrar at 212-675-6544. We cannot accept Generosity Policy registrations at the door, so please make arrangements in advance.


Patron Price: If you are able, please consider registering with the Patron price. By offering a little more, you help make programs accessible to others. Thank you!

Contemplative Education at Shambhala

For more than 40 years, the Shambhala Meditation Center has offered New Yorkers the opportunity to work with their minds and hearts through meditation. With nearly 200 international urban communities and eight rural retreat centers, Shambhala offers a path of meditation practice and contemplative arts oriented toward modern life.

Contemplative education for children has a long tradition within Shambhala, beginning in the 1970s when Naropa University in Boulder pioneered a curriculum that included meditation practice and arts as a supplement to traditional learning approaches. Through its degree programs, Naropa has continued to train teachers in this cutting edge approach ever since. Today, children's programs are offered by Shambhala through summer camps, classes in many centers (including New York), special events, and at a number of private schools such as the Shambhala School in Halifax, Nova Scotia.