07/02 2010

Enjoy your local programs here!

BYA is proud to have a few local sanghas for your children to come practice, learn, play, and volunteer:



Monthly Family Retreat

Every month during summer season from May through October, we offer a day of mindfulness usually on the second Sunday of the month or a family weekend retreat at Harmony Pines Camp and Retreat Center.  Each month we invited different Guest Speaker/Practitioner and/or Dharma Teacher to lead sessions in meditation, mindfulness practice, dharma discussion, and yoga/integral taichi activities.  These events are offered free of charge with complimentary meals and accommodation at our camp facility up in Wrightwood, CA.  Please check the dates on our calendar or click here for more information.

Mindful Youth Program & VSL Program

Objective: BYA designs this program to create an environment for children of 7 to 12 years old to play and learn through various program activities, which help to bring out creativity, confidence, and compassion of each child. As a result, it will help the children to improve their concentration in school, their physical flexibility as well as their communication and interaction skills with friends and families.

In addition, to help Vietnamese American children to be connected with their roots and Vietnamese culture, BYA offers a weekly class to teach Vietnamese as a Second Language to the children who wish to learn. Our VSL course is focused on listening and speaking Vietnamese as well as on learning about Vietnamese culture using materials and learning techniques for nonnative Vietnamese speakers.

Program Schedule: On Sundays, children will participate in activities from 10 am to 2 pm including a healthy vegetarian lunch at BYA meeting place in Westminster, CA. One Saturday or Sunday a month, entire family of parents and children will be invited to participate in a family retreat day at Harmony Pines Camp & Retreat Center in Wrigtwood, CA.

Teen Explorer & Junior Leadership Program


The Teen Explorer Program is designed specifically to provide a holistic training environment for teenagers from the age of 13 to 15 to embrace life, to learn social and leaderofself skills, to practice compassion and mindfulness; to build a balanced and appreciative character development through various program activities.

The Teen Leadership Program is designed specifically for teenagers from the age of 16 to 18 to nurture and bring out passion, confidence, leadership, and compassion in each individual to be able to unfold his or her potential in life to mindfully be prepared for entering the grownup world.

Program Schedule: All registered youth will participate in different activities each Sunday. There will be many interesting projects that they will take charge to selfexplore including charity services and dharma audio books. There will also be peer support, communication, and mentoring through the program blog.

One Saturday or Sunday a month, entire family of parents and teenagers will be invited to participate in a family retreat day at Harmony Pines Camp & Retreat Center in Wrightwood, CA.