UPCOMING EVENTS

White Fragility Book Club With Amy White

Q&A With Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoch

Monday, May 25, 11 AM EST
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Rinopche in Khadro Ling, Brazil 2014We are thrilled to announce that on Monday, May 25, Middle Way Education and Middle Way School are co-hosting a Q&A by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. Rinpoche is our advisor and the inspiration behind both organizations. This talk is open to the public but for Buddhists who are parents, parents whose children go to a Buddhist school, and teachers, whose questions have been collected and given to Rinpoche.

The broadcast will be live streamed at 11:00am Eastern Time (8:30pm Indian Standard Time) over YouTube. You can click here to watch.

We hope you can attend, if not, the recording will remain on the MWS YouTube channel for you to watch. Please note: Rinpoche will be speaking to us from the labrang in Bir, in Northern India, where there have been reports of intermittent internet due to weather. There is a possibility that the broadcast will be choppy or not work at all. In that case, we will upload a recording as soon as we are able. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

PAST EVENTS

Fostering Resilient Communities in Times of Rapid Change

A Virtual Open House
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
1:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

Interested in Middle Way? Want to learn more? On Wednesday, May 13, at 1 PM Eastern Time, we will present a history of the school, outline some of our program, take questions, and then break into smaller groups so you can spend time with the teachers. This is a Zoom call so please log in a few minutes early to make sure your technology is set.

Fostering Resilient Communities in Times of Rapid Change

A Virtual Conversation with Lama Karma
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
8:30 PM Eastern Standard Time

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At this time when much of our social support and sense of belonging is being channeled into thin virtual exchanges, it is critically important to remain connected to one another in heart and mind. It’s a time to look at the stories we tell ourselves about who we are as individuals and as global citizens. When we discern what aspects of these stories no longer serve us, we can participate more fully in the beloved communities that link us together in kindness, generosity, and wisdom.

How can we at Middle Way use the current situation to foster an even stronger community? How can we support one another as a sangha? How can our approach to challenges become the basis of resilience, and how can this resilience serve us moving forward as parents and individuals?

This talk will be open to the extended Middle Way community, and to anyone who cares about the school and wishes  to connect and share their current challenges and inspirations for nurturing healthy families and communities.

Karma joined Middle Way this year in a role we playfully call “Keeper of the Ground”, because he has been responsible for maintaining an uplifted, safe physical environment, as well as tending to the ground of the dharma at the school. He leads meditation for students and families, teaches the teachers, guided students in their altar keeping, leads book club, and helps us host other lamas and teachers. Karma’s commitment to daily practice and his clear written and spoken explanations of dharma concepts bring something unique and essential to Middle Way School.

A parent expressed her appreciation for Karma’s teaching style: As a Middle Way parent, I have truly enjoyed the chance to be a student right alongside my child. The weekly discussions with Karma have refreshed my relationship with timeless ideas. I really relate to his conversational approach and I appreciate his own practice of parenting. He humbly embodies centuries of knowledge, and manages to distill each idea into low-key simplicity. The school seems to attract gifted teachers who can weave big ideas into shiny moments of discovery—for eager learners of any age.

Short Guided Meditation with Karma

Friday, March 27, 2020 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

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DHARMA TALK: Refuge in Uncertain Times

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

You Can Watch the Video Here

The Middle Way School hosted a live webcast program with Lama Karma Justin Wall on Tuesday, March 17 at 8:30 PM. 

A talk to help support parents and caregivers during this unprecedented era of uncertainty. Phrases like self-quarantine, social distancing, and global pandemic have entered our minds and the minds our children. How can we not only weather these challenges, but use them as causes for deepening wisdom and compassion? How can we relate to the pull of extreme thinking?  How can we remain present for the small delights opening up as our schedules and lifestyles shift and change?

This online talk touches on these questions drawing resources and guidance from the Buddhist teachings on refuge, working with fear,  and bringing adverse conditions onto the path of awakening. Lama Karma is a parent himself and a dharma holder. He supports the Middle Way School with morning meditation, advises on the curriculum, and helps in a thousand other ways to keep our campus uplifted and safe. We are very happy to be able to share this talk with our global community. He speaks in terms that are practical and easily accessible for people of any faith or belief system.

OPEN HOUSE FOR PROSPECTIVE FAMILIES

SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2020 2 PM – 4 PM

Meet the teachers and staff of the Middle Way School at an informal open house gathering on Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 2-4 PM. Tea and coffee will be served. We are happy to open our doors to you! Children most welcome. There will be art supplies for them but no designated childcare.

OPEN HOUSE FOR PROSPECTIVE FAMILIES

JANUARY 25, 2020

Meet the teachers and staff of the Middle Way School at an informal open house gathering on Saturday, January 20, 2020 from 2-4 PM. Tea and coffee will be served. We are happy to open our doors to you! Children most welcome! There will be art supplies for them but no designated childcare.

2019 Solstice Event and Performance

December 20, 2019

Extended friends and family are invited to our annual solstice event. Premiere performance of the first two scenes of the Life of the Buddha play will be followed by a fireside singalong (dress warmly!) and vegetarian potluck dinner. The PCA is signing up volunteers for various tasks. Please contact Fukiko. RSVP!

Kingston Farmer's Market

May 25, 2019

MWS will have an information booth and face painting at the Kingston Farmer’s Market on Saturday May 25th. Stop by and say hi!

Open House for Prospective Families

March 16, 2019

Meet the teachers and staff of the Middle Way School at an informal open house gathering on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Tea and coffee will be served. We are happy to open our doors to you! Children most welcome there will be art supplies for them but no designated childcare.

Fall Festival

October 22, 2018

Fall Festival! 5:30-7 families and extended families invited to tour the school, make a little art, learn what we’ve learned, and participate in a short fire ceremony. We’ll be ending on the early side. Snacks served. RSVP.

Parent's information meeting

March 22, 2018

Parent Information Evening at the Middle Way School, 268 West Saugerties Road.
6-8 p.m. Please RSVP.
More information to come.

Compassion in Education

April 26, 2018

Public talk for parents and teachers with Kristin Lhatso, founder of Snow Lion School in Boulder, Colorado. How can the cultivation of compassion bring depth and breadth to the experience of learning? Free. Reception/Doors at 6 p.m. Please RSVP.

Play Date for Interested Pre-K Families

Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 10 AM -11:30 AM

A wonderful opportunity to meet families and spend time in our pre-K classroom while learning more about our program from Grace Louis, lead pre-K teacher.  Please RSVP at contact@middlewayschool.org.

Open House for Prospective Families

February 2, 2019

Meet the teachers and staff of the Middle Way School at an informal open house gathering on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Tea and coffee will be served. We are happy to open our doors to you! Children most welcome there will be art supplies for them but no designated childcare.

TALK with Sensei goddard

October 22, 2018

Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei, was in full-time residential training at John Daido Loori’s Mountains and Rivers Order (MRO) Zen Mountain Monastery (ZMM) in Mt. Tremper from 1995 to 2014, fourteen of those years as a monastic. She’s now a dharma holder in the MRO, as well as the monastery’s work supervisor. She is in charge of the Zen Teens and Zen Kids programs at ZMM. She will speak with parents and children at MWS. Free. Reception/Doors at 10 a.m. Please RSVP.

Winter Solstice Event

Thursday, December 20, 2019

Celebrating the interconnection between the sun and the earth, welcoming ceaseless change, inviting the advent of longer days.

MWS PCA Summer Dance Party

Sunday, July 7, 2019 | 4 PM -8 PM

26 Downs Street, Kingston, NY

Celebrate summer at our first ever Middle Way School Parent Community Association event. A kid-friendly dance party in Kingston!  Potluck dinner, pizzan DJ, BYOB. Bring your friends! Please RSVP at contact@middlewayschool.org.

Dharma Talk

March 14, 2019

Teaching with Khenpo Choying Dorjee. (Time TBD) Khenpo Choying Dorjee is a distinguished Tibetan Buddhist scholar and teacher, in particular, specialized in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy (Madhyamaka). He received his degree as Khenpo in 2004, roughly equivalent to a Western Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies. Since then, he has held several leadership positions at Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute, which is Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s monastic university in India. He served as Abbot for several years and initiated a number of educational innovations. He was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley in 2011 and serves on the Khyentse Foundation India Program Committee.

OPEN HOUSE

April 28, 2018

Middle Way School Open House and India Celebration10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  We will start the day with a short ceremony. Children are welcome to participate in offering flowers, lamps, and incense while Shubhraji performs a short ceremony in praise of Saraswati, the swan-borne goddess of wisdom and the arts. Then Woodstock’s woman of the North Woods, Catherine Sklarsky, will spend time with the children doing colorful block printing with blocks offered by our friends at Kurma in Dehradun, India. We’ll have fabric to print on or bring your own. Things might get messy so children are encouraged to wear clothes that can be painted on. We’ll wrap up the day with storytelling by Kristin Lhatso. There will be ample time to mingle and ask questions. Chai will be served.

Japan Festival

May 19, 2019

Meet MWS families, teachers and friends at an informal open house Japan-themed event on Sunday, May 19 2019. Children most welcome there will be art supplies for them but no designated childcare. Please RSVP!