One-day introductory courses in meditation are offered for children aged 8 -12 and for teenagers aged 13-18 years old. During the course, students learn the techniques of Anapana meditation, which is the first step in the practice of Vipassana meditation.
Regular practice gives many benefits, including:
1. Improved concentration and memory;
2. Increased awareness and alertness of mind;
3. More self-confidence;
4. Greater capacity to work and study, and
5. Increased goodwill for others.
Students are under supervision throughout the course, with a realistic timetable including regular breaks. One-day courses usually begin at 09:00 and finish around 16:30.
All courses are run solely on a donation basis. There are no charges for the courses, not even to cover the cost of the food and tuition. All expenses are met by donation from those who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of the meditation, wish to give others the same opportunity.
If you would like to apply for a course please read carefully the "Sample Timetable" and the "Code of Behaviour". For your parents, there is the “Parent or Guardian Information Sheet”. Your parents must give their permission for you to attend.
You can see the course dates and apply on-line in English at Dhamma Java Course Schedule . (www.dhamma.org/en/schedules/schjava.htm)
Apply by fax, post or email.
Please ask your parents to complete the Permission Form and then send it to us along with your Application Form which you have filled out by yourself.
When your application has been approved, we will send you an Acceptance Letter. This letter will include a list of what you will need to bring, as well as directions to the course.
If you and your parents have any questions, please email to email@example.com or call Minia at 021-97083528
Children's and Teens’ Courses - Code of Behaviour
Learning to practice Anapana meditation is very valuable because it helps you to become a better
person. Practicing Anapana meditation will help you to train your mind to become concentrated
and calm. This will make your mind strong so that you will be able to avoid doing or saying
things that are hurtful or harmful to yourself and to others. This strength of mind will help you to
feel happier and more peaceful. Practising Anapana and learning to concentrate will help you to
become the master of your mind.
To help you succeed in practising Anapana meditation it is important that you do your best to
follow the instructions that you will be given during the course. While you are at the course, it is
also important that you agree to follow the Code of Behaviour written below. In the same way that
a house needs a good foundation to support it, so the practice of Anapana needs a good
foundation. This good foundation for Anapana is built by following the Code of Conduct. It will
help you to avoid performing actions that are harmful or hurtful to yourself and others.
During the first meditation session at the course you will be asked to repeat the following five
vows, or precepts. These are written in bold and underneath each is an explanation. Please read
them carefully so that you will understand what you are saying when the time comes:
1) I shall abstain from killing.
I promise to try to treat all beings kindly and not kill them or harm them in any way.
2) I shall abstain from stealing.
I promise to take only what is given to me and not take anything which belongs to others
3) I shall abstain from a life of misconduct.
I promise to treat other boys and girls as if they were my brothers or sisters or best friends.
4) I shall abstain from speaking lies, harsh words, backbiting, etc. which will harm others.
I promise to speak truthfully, kindly, and gently, and not to tell lies or to say hurtful things to
anybody or about anybody.
5) I shall abstain from taking any intoxicant.
I promise not to take any alcohol, drugs or intoxicants, but to keep my mind clear.
At the bottom of your application form, when you sign your name, it means that you agree to try
and follow this Code of Behaviour as best you can while at the course.
Children’s or Teens’ 1 day Course - Sample Timetable
09.40 Grouping and Orientation talk
10.00 Anapana Instruction
10:50 Meditation – Session 1
11:20 Personal interaction with children and teacher in smaller groups
11:50 Meditation – Session 2
12:20 Lunch & Outdoor Play/Rest
13:20 Meditation – Session 3
14:50 Meditation, Final Discourse & Metta
15.30 Tea & Snacks
16.00 (approx) Course ends
Children’s and Teens’ Courses
Parent/Guardian Information Sheet
The courses available at Vipassana Centres and non-centre sites offer young people of 8 years old and above an introduction to Anapana meditation, which is a practice of the observation of natural breath to concentrate the mind. This method can be practiced freely by all, in any place, at any time. It is practiced by people of all races, communities and religions and proves equally beneficial to one and all.
Young people who have started practicing Anapana have realized many benefits. Their ability to concentrate becomes enhanced, their memory gets sharper, their ability to comprehend a subject improves and they become calmer. In general, they feel they have a practical tool to use in the face of any type of adversity or challenge.
During the course the students will be divided into groups according to their age for many activities. They will be assigned helpers who will assist them throughout the course, providing support and care as needed.
The intent of the course is serious. It is not appropriate for children who are too young or otherwise unable to follow instructions. It is also not proper for children who are unable to understand the meaning or purpose of the daily timetable or to observe course related disciplines. To participate in the course children undertake to observe a moral code of behaviour. Segregation of the sexes will be maintained at all times in the accommodation area as well as in the meditation hall and during much of the course.
There are three steps to the training: Morality, Concentration and Compassion (loving kindness). The entire teaching is given on recordings in the language of the students. Courses also include creative and physical activities where time permits.
It is recommended that the child be given an opportunity at home to continue practicing Anapana for a short period of 10 -15 minutes each day, after the course. They can also be encouraged to attend more courses.
Your role during the course.
It is not necessary that a parent or guardian accompanies a child during the course. Parents or guardians who are students of Goenkaji or his assistant teachers are usually welcome to stay and participate in work projects if the course is at a Vipassana centre. Those parents or guardians who are not helping on the course will follow a separate schedule.
Parents or guardians who have not completed a ten-day course with Goenkaji or his assistant teachers are welcome to stay with their children during registration, but should then leave the site and return at the end of the course.
Applying for a course.
Before applying for the course, please make sure that both you and your child have read and understood the Code of Behaviour and Sample Timetable. You can see the course dates and apply on-line in English at Dhamma Java Course Schedule or download the forms.