--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, Serge Blais <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I was wondering, I started doing zazen at about 20
> years old. Now I got kids and I would like to get them
> to start doing it too.
> At what age should they start? On the same token, it
> would be nice to know at what age did you start...
> Thanks
> Serge

I didn't start until my 20s.  Sometimes I play the dangerous "what 
if" game of wondering what things would be like for me if I had 
discovered zazen as a child.  No use fretting about myself now, but 
it is great that you want to get your kids started.

I don't think there is any minimum.  You could just have them sit 
with you for 10 minutes and then do some walking meditation.  I 
wouldn't expect too much from walking meditation.  They will probably 
be all over the place! 

The monastery I attend for retreats has a Zen Kids program:


Reading that might give you some ideas.  I am willing to be you will 
get some interesting advice, from a resident monastic there, if you e-

Reading the description it says to e-mail [EMAIL PROTECTED] for 
information on the program.  Even if you don't plan on participating 
(I don't know where you're located) she might be willing to help you 
as well.  Zuisei is the one pictured there with the kids.  She is 
great.  She is extremely kind and compassionate, and yet she is a 
fierce zendo monitor!  I bet she's great with the kids.

The picture was taken pre-ordination.  I saw her ordained last year 
and she is fully among the ranks of the bald and the beautiful now. :)

A google search on "meditation for kids" turned up some interesting 
results that might be helpful as well.  Bless you for good parenting.


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