The Dhamma School (Sunday school) is an organized effort to provide an opportunity for our children in their search for a ‘right-way’ of living. It will guide the children to learn and adopt Buddhist values to their way of life in order to find happiness. To this end, Dhamma School provides a solid foundation to develop wholesome thoughts that will take them on the ‘right-way’. Adults who wish to learn Buddhism are also welcome to participate in these classes.

Sunday School

Age Group: 5 to 7
Lesson Plan
The Story of Buddha Buddhism for practical life Gaatha
The Triple Gem
  • Buddha
  • Dharma
  • Sangha
What is Good? What is Bad?
  • How to distinguish right from wrong.
Taking refuge in the Triple Gem

The Birth of Prince Siddhartha. Read & Discuss: "Story of the Buddha" Good conduct (keeping the precepts) is the basis of all good qualities. Buddha’s main Teaching:
  • Do Not Do Bad
  • Do Good
  • Clean Your Mind( Lesson 4)
The Five moral Precepts

The Childhood of the Prince. Discuss good qualities of the prince. Showing kindness to others
  • Buddhist Song
Loving-kindness Meditation

Leaving The place
  • The Four Sights
  • The prince leaves home
Introduction to Three Doors
  • Discuss : Three ways of action
  • Clean Your Mind

The Enlightenment
  • Searching for Teachers
  • Six Years of Hardship
  • Attained enlightenment
Good friends
  • Story & Class Play: Sathikumba Jathakaya

Vesak
  • Who is a Buddhist
  • Vesak Celebration
Giving (dhanaya) The Eight Precepts or Ata Sil

Teaching the Dharma to the Five Friends Introduction to The Four Noble Truths.
  • Connection between a doctor and the Buddha

The Buddha’s Last days
  • The Buddha Speaks of His Death
  • Buddhist Temples & Stupa
Introductions to Middle path
  • Doing too much Vs. doing nothing
Age Group: 7 to 10
Lesson Plan
The Story of Buddha Buddhism for practical life Gaatha
Overview of the Buddha and the Triple Gem. Kids will gain good moral conduct and develop patience and kindness towards others. The Five Precepts (Pansil)

The birth and childhood of Prince Siddhartha. Kids will learn how and why they should respect their parents. They can demonstrate this understanding through the daily recital of this gaatha to their mother before going to bed. Overview of respect for parents. Homage to the Parents:
  • Dasa maasay – I respect my Mother

Prince Siddhartha’s youth and marriage. Kids will learn how and why they should respect their parents. They can demonstrate this understanding through the daily recital of this gaatha to their father before going to bed. Homage to the Parents:
  • Uddhi Kaaro – I respect my Father

Age Group: 10 and up
Lesson Plan
The Story of Buddha Buddhism for practical life Gaatha
Discuss what’s Buddhistm using Sabba Papassa Akaranam Discuss how to avoid evil things, Practice Good things using examples Discuss ways to..
  • Avoid all evil
  • Cultivate the good and the true
  • Purify your mind
Sabba Papassa Akaranam

Four Nobel Truths Recognize suffering
  • Suffering of the physical body
  • Suffering of the mind
HOMAGE TO THE BUDDHA Iti'pi so Bhagava Araharn Samma-sambuddho

The Noble Eightfold Path. The Way to the End of Suffering Cause of suffering
  • What are things we crave for?
  • What is ignorance?
HOMAGE TO THE DHAMMA Svakkhato Bhagavata

About Temple

North Carolina Buddhist Temple was started in March 2006. The property was partially donated by Mrs. Shanthi Wijay in memory of her parents, Mr & Mrs. Shelton P. Jayasinghe. The temple belongs to the Theravada tradition of Buddhism and operates under the guidance of Ven. Yatiiyana Wajirapala Thero.

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  • Resident Monk:
    Venerable Yatiyana Wajirapala Thero
  • Phone:
    919-827-4389 /336-259-1407
  • Email:
    wajip7@yahoo.com
  • Address:
    1017 Patterson Road,
    Durham, NC 27704
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