The Bodhi Seeds 2016
"I also enjoyed Rinpoche’s teaching to all of the children, including always being kind, and always respecting your parents. It was very meaningful to me." - Weston, age 13
10 year old Bodhi Seed Ashoka took Rinpoche's teaching to heart.
"I felt that the life release was a very special thing, knowing that we gave those fish a better chance to survive with blessings." - Ava, age 10
Life release practice with Meme Lama.
"I liked working on art projects in dharma camp, making malas, t-shirts. Our teacher read us stories about Buddha and Buddha’s life. If I didn’t go to the camp, I would have been really bored. Now I enjoyed being here and I made friends. Everyone had a good connection." - Ananda
"What I liked about dharma camp the most was going in the ocean and doing the life release and coming to tsok. Ocean is warm, and there were lots of sea shells and coral. One day I served food to Rinpoche and other days I got to pass out other tsok food to others with Kathleen. Tsok food is like blessing, it’s something like a good wish. At life release, we got to help beings become Buddha or reincarnation of humans." - Zack, age 9
"I loved my time at dharma camp because of all of the wonderful people I met and all of the great activities we did and how we were all connected to Buddhism." - Ava, age 9, with her prayer flag print block.
"We got to go to the beach every day, we got to go to tsok, and we made new friends." - Rigzin, holding his donation box for the life release.
Visiting a local school.
Joyful teachers and organizers.
Jakob teaches the Bodhi Seeds about mantra.
The children create a banner as an offering to Rinpoche.
"I liked going into town and seeing a local school. We got to see a new way of doing things at school. Even though the kids we saw were in torn up clothes, they were so happy. Family is all you need for home."- Tsering, age 11
"In the story of Siddhartha, the story about saving the swan spoke to me. All of us kids at the dharma camp would have saved the swan." - Tsering, age 11
"I wish we could stay here forever." - Asa, age 6
"At a Buddhist camp you play games, you meditate, you go to the beach. We did walking meditation, sitting meditation, we made mind jars. My favorite was sitting meditation and making mind jar. When you meditate with compassion, you think of others." - Ati, age 7
"Ultimately, I thought that my time at Dharma camp was one of the best times in my life, and I want to relive every second of it." - Ava, age 9