Shambhala Children's Program Bodhi School

with Alison Pepper & Noah Haspray

September 23rd (2018)

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

On September 23rd, 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.

Through Bodhi School we offer a yearlong 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 use mindfulness awareness as our lens to explore our basic goodness, sanity, and compassion.


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

Ages 12 - 18:
- Explorers (ages 13+) will meet from 12:30pm - 1:30pm in Main Shrine Room East (Garuda Hall)


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.

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!

Fall 2018 dates:
- September 23
- October 28
- November 18
- December 18


Alison 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 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.