A mommy-friend invited my children to join this year’s summer camp at Ocean Sky Monastery in San Juan. It was a 12-day activity that taught our kids, among others, the basic techniques of Zen meditation and Chinese calligraphy. And – there is no fee.
From April 21st to May 3rd, my kids attended the summer camp (except for the days we we got sick).
The man in the picture above is the Grand Master Wei Chueh, founder of Chung Tai Chan Monastery.
The summer camp’s theme revolved around the Monastery’s four basic tenets:
- respect for the elders,
- compassion for children,
- harmony with all humanity, and
- truth in all endeavors.
And, that we can only do all four by transforming our thoughts. (yes, the it’s the real wisdom!)
Big words that deserve to be taught early on, whether Buddhist or not, don’t you agree?
Wushu, which is the general term for martial arts, was introduced to the kids. Patchy was chosen as one of the participants in the wushu presentation during the completion ceremony. Martial arts inculcate the values of discipline and hard work. When taught the proper way, it should not promote violence.
Awards were also given out to the participants, during the completion ceremony and – tada! – VGood got the Sincerity Award.
I think the best bonus I got from this summer camp is the silence during car rides (Well, not always, but the incidence has increased tremendously).
iMoM: Are you okay back there? Sleeping? V, are you dizzy?
iMoM checks through the rear-view mirror. Hmmm.. they’re awake.
Patch: We’re meditating. Sshh.
Ocean Sky Monastery is a Zen Buddhism center located along J. Abad Santos Street (near Wilson St.), Little Baguio, San Juan. Telephone number +6327236132. Its parent monastery is Chung Tai Chan Monastery in Taiwan. Summer camps for children 4(?) years and up are organized yearly. Seminars for adults such as basic Zen meditation and vegetarian cooking are also offered regularly. All seminars are free of charge. Donations to help defray costs are welcome. (No they do not ask for donations outright. But donation boxes are visible. No this is not a paid post.)