Families and Children


We welcome children and families to the Boulder Shambhala Center as a vital aspect of community.


Our aspiration is to have a community in which families can gather and feel included and supported. We are committed to manifesting this aspiration, which includes offering a path and curriculum for our children to deepen their experience of warriorship, basic goodness and the creation of enlightened society.


The following are events and resources offered by The Boulder Shambhala Center:

Bodhi School

Bodhi School provides children and young teenagers with an education in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Children will learn meditative principles that work with the heart and mind and gain confidence through exploring the basic goodness of all sentient beings. The curriculum is designed to be accessible and fun for newcomers to the Buddhist path as well as those with more experience.

Rites of Passage

The Rites of Passage is a series of classes and events designed to help eight-year-olds make a transition from early childhood into early adulthood and the path of warriorship. Each class introduces various meditative arts including Zen archery, calligraphy, flower arranging and poetry coupled with brief sessions of sitting meditation focusing on the breath. These disciplines inspire confidence and compassion in the child by fostering confidence, fearless independence, and loving kindness toward oneself and others.

Most importantly, Rites of Passage offers indispensable tools to help children relate to their own minds, thus empowering them to engage in their world with an awakened heart and open mind. The program culminates in a ceremony that celebrates this important transition. Mature seven-year-olds and nine-year-olds who have not gone through the Rites of Passage before are also welcome.

Winter Solstice Children’s Day

Children’s Day, which falls on the winter solstice, is an opportunity to express appreciation for and with our children. Children’s Day is a strong counter-experience to the materialism and chaos of the holiday season. It is hoped that everyone, especially the children, feel as if they are within the enlightened society of Shambhala for a night and truly experience the richness and magic of Shambhala culture.

Our community gathering includes entertainment and performances including song, storytelling, and theatrical productions with Shambhala themes, the presence of the “Queen and King of Shambhala” followed by celebration and a reception.

Additional Resources for Parents

Shambhala Sun Summer Camp

Participants in Shambhala Sun Camp celebrateSun Camp is an outdoor, sleep-away summer camp for children ages 10-16. Campers sleep in tents and enjoy the simple experience of waking up every day to their own world. Sun Camp is a place to have fun, make friends and learn to take responsibility for oneself and one’s world in a gentle and playful environment.

Camp consists of three interconnected programs:

  • Sun Camp: The main week-long program for ages 10-16.
  • Cadet Command Workshop (CCW): A leadership training intensive for returning participants ages 14-16 that starts three days before Sun Camp and continues through the duration of the camp.
  • Rites of Warriorship (ROW): A Rites of Passage program for 16 year-olds for the two days following Sun Camp.

To learn more and to register your child, please visit the Shambhala Sun Camp website.

Family Camp at Shambhala Mountain Center

Mother and Child smilingLooking to get away to nature with your family over the summer? Come nurture bonds while rejuvenating your spirit in the beautiful terrain of Shambhala Mountain Center. Family Camp is a creative and contemplative retreat the whole family can enjoy. Take time for yourself in the mornings with meditation, yoga, workshops, or just relaxing in nature while your children participate in enriching group activities like Rites of Passage. Then come together as a family in the afternoons and evenings for fun activities like guided hiking, kite flying, calligraphy, dharma art, storytelling, and singing.

Stay in comfortable, platform tents among the fresh pine and fragrant summer breezes or enjoy indoor lodging with views of unspoiled wilderness. Childcare is available during the day for children age three and up.

Family Camp runs from August 4 – 10, 2014 at Shambhala Mountain Center. To learn more and to register, please visit the Shambhala Mountain Center website.