“…educating children with warm hearts and clear heads; children who will one day help to create a more compassionate, intelligent and peaceful world.”
– Inspired by the words of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Registration for 2014-15 is now open
Classes start on September 7, 2014.
We meet on Wesleyan University Campus, Middletown, Connecticut,
Sundays 9:45 a.m. to 12 noon
Down the street from the BFF’s weekly gathering
(Directions available upon enrollment)
We believe that children should never feel forced to participate in religious education. To that end, we have adopted a Montessori inspired format with classes for children birth-14 yrs. which nurtures your child's innate curiosity with respect for individual and developmental needs.
In 2011, the Buddhist Faith Fellowship began supporting area parents and their children in the practice of mindfulness meditation and the understanding of Buddhist teachings through its Family Dharma program. The intention of this program was to nurture the whole family so adults and children could learn and grow together in the Buddhist teachings.
A Rare Treasure
In 2013, the Fellowship transformed its Family Dharma program into a Buddhist Sunday School. This was designed to meet the needs of children by integrating Buddhist, Montessori, and secular mindfulness educational approaches to provide the very best spiritual experience for children, while allowing parents an opportunity to enjoy the adult community gathering. More recently we have adopted a shorter format so that families and children can again learn side by side in our new mindful kids program for families of all faiths and backgrounds.
Awareness, Balance and Compassion
Mindful Kids focuses on developing awareness, emotional self-management, and compassionate life-skills through mindfulness teachings, and is inspired by other proven secular educational models such as the classic Montessori learning method and Susan Kaiser-Greenland’s innovative Inner Kids Program.
Our curriculum is a modern integration of secular educational strategies and techniques. We teach our students a new set of ABCs that move well beyond reading, writing, and arithmetic. Our Threefold ABCs are Awareness, Balance and Compassion. Awareness means 1) living a mindful and grateful life informed by love, the entrusting heart, and understanding, 2) being cognizant of the interconnectedness of life, and 3) becoming a life-long learner; and Balance denotes 1) inner composure and emotional intelligence, 2) living the middle way in daily situations, and 3) making right choices; Compassion signifies 1) being kind to and taking care of oneself and others, 2) respecting and being open to others, and 3) taking an active role in helping other beings and the world. They are considered threefold because each is interdependent with each other: you cannot have one without the other two components. For instance, awareness comprises of balance and compassion while compassion is subject to awareness and balance.
Our goal is to offer your child the very best experience that is consistent with mindfulness teachings, modern science, and psychology, effective educational pedagogy, as well as traditional and contemporary meditative training.
Your confirmation email will include directions to our campus location and any updated information.
At your first visit, you are welcome to stay and observe or to join the adult community at the Mansfield Freeman Center for Asian Studies (which means you can't just drop off and go for coffee or shopping). Your own spiritual development is an integral of your child’s education.
You are welcome to visit at a drop-in rate of $20 per family (Please RSVP at least 24 hrs. in advance to ensure enough staff coverage and bring cash or check payable to BFF of CT). If you find your family attending on a regular basis, we encourage you to become a member to help support the quality of education that your family deserves.
We have considerable expenses to cover in providing this valuable service to the community: room rental, hiring & maintaining quality educators, and providing enough supplies and snacks for every child. Families are encouraged to make an annual membership donation at the level that best suits their individual financial situation. Membership levels fall under several options.
Membership donations are needed to help to defray operational costs; however, any family is welcome to participate in the community, regardless of what can be donated. There is an additional "other" button option for paying online to accommodate amounts that either do not meet the above levels or exceed them. Presently, our Sunday school’s operating expenses exceed income, so any additional donation is very welcome! The BFF is incorporated in the State of Connecticut and registered as a 501(c)(3) so all donations are tax deductible.
These scholarships are available to greatly offset the cost of the Sunday School tuition with the promise of providing some work for the duration of your child attendance at the school. Additionally, the work provided is a good opportunity to engage with our teachers, staff, and children to make a positive difference in their lives.