Courses for children and teenagers
One-day courses in meditation for children and teenagers are held in meditation centres and in various other locations several times a year. Children's courses are held for primary school students aged from 8 to 12 years and teenagers' courses are held for high school students aged from 13 to 16 years.
During the courses the students learn Anapana meditation, which involves focusing on their own natural breath. The aim is to enable them to practise after the course for about ten minutes twice a day. This daily practice has been found to bring many benefits, including
- helping them deal better with stress, anxiety, worry and nervousness
- improving their concentration and memory, and
- increasing their awareness and alertness of mind.
As they learn to calm and concentrate their minds, they also learn to gain mastery over their impulses and actions.
Scheduled courses are listed in the course schedules. Courses can also be arranged by parents or teachers at other times for groups of 8 or more - either in school terms or during the holidays.
The international website on Children's and teenagers' courses provides more detailed information and resources.