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Exploring the Precepts

  • Sweetwater Zen Center 2727 HIGHLAND AVE NATIONAL CITY United States (map)

4 Vows Sangha is offering a series of classes on the Buddhist precepts and the practice of “taking refuge” as part of preparation for those who want to receive the precepts in the Zen Buddhist tradition. Precepts describe the intentions and actions of ethical living. They are not Commandments but an invitation to see for oneself their impact upon our lives. They are often described as gifts that we give to ourselves!

We will study, explore, and discuss the precepts and how they apply to our lives and our practice. Committing to practice with precepts is part of the Eightfold Path training; it is the first step on the path to liberation.

Together, we investigate the following questions: What does it mean to live ethically? What is the benefit to me and others of ethical conduct? What does commitment to precept training involve?

Each class will open with a short period of meditation followed by an explanation and discussion. The classes will cover the Three Refuges, the Three Pure Precepts and the Ten Bodhisattva precepts.

Classes are facilitated by Sensei Jose Shinzan Palma. Even if you are not interested to receive the precepts, everyone is welcome. Please sign up !

Saturdays 9am to 11 am
February 2nd & 23rd, March 16th & 30th, April 13th & 27th, May 4th

Earlier Event: February 1
4 Vows North County Zen Circle
Later Event: February 4
Zen Monday Nights