Children will learn the Buddha’s teachings week by week, increasing their understanding and their Shraddha. They will have the chance to learn and practice meditation and ask questions from monks. Parents are encouraged to stay and listen so they can discuss with their children at home.
The program is conducted by venerable monks of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monasteries.
We offer four programmes on the weekend. Please click on the links below to see the international start times. Because they are all online, children can join with any class they are able.
- Saturday Dhamma School, 3:00–4:30 PM Sri Lanka Time. Learn More
- Friday/Saturday Dhamma School for Australia & North America. Learn More
- Sunday Dhamma School for Middle East, UK, and North America. Learn More
Frequently asked questions
What is your Syllabus?
- Gratitude to parents
- Important English Dhamma vocabulary such as contentment, renunciation, rebirth, detachment, gratitude, etc
- Meaning of vandana, pirit, and puja chanting
- Sila, Buddhist Ethics and precepts
- Meditation, including breathing, metta bhavana, and Buddhanussati among others
- Life of the Buddha
- Specific understanding of how suffering arises in life and solutions to overcome
- Real meaning of Buddhist holidays
- Lives of the great arahant disciples
- Advanced topics such as pancupadanakhanda, ayatana, paticcasamupada, dhatu, etc. in age appropriate fashion
- Books of Sutta Pitaka and organization
- History of Buddhism in Sri Lanka
Things we have taught in the past
Here are some of the suttas we have covered on previous Saturdays. This will give you an idea of what the activities are like:
What is the dress code?
For the online class, wearing a white top is good but not required.
What age can participate?
The weekend Dhamma Schools are best for children 7 to 15 years old.
Children under 7 can participate sitting next to their parents.
Over 15 and kids can start to join with the adult programmes.
Will my kids enjoy the class?
We always receive positive feedback from the parents regarding their children’s enthusiasm about attending Dhamma School with CDF. The monks who teach the class have worked with kids for many years and know how to teach Dhamma to kids in a way that is both understandable and meaningful to their lives. If they understand and see how the Dhamma applies to their own lives, then they always want to learn more.
Do we need to buy any books?
There are no books needed for class. All material will be provided. However we do highly recommend a notebook dedicated to Dhamma School.
We also recommend that you have a copy of our Paritta Chanting Book.
How do we register?
On each of the class links at the top of this message, you will find a register button. Please follow those links to find.