Precepts Discussion Group

The Precepts of Skillful Action are the heart of what it means to practice Zen off the cushion--and their study is an endlessly rich, ever-unfolding practice.

New rounds of Precepts Discussion, led by Dharma Holder Julie Nelson, will begin the week of January 24. Group A will meet on Mondays from 7:30-8:15pm and Group B will meet on Thursdays from 6:15-7pm. The schedules and zoom information for both groups is available here. Moving between the two groups within a particular week is permissible, and drop-ins are always welcome.

Discussions are led by Julie Seido Nelson, Dharma Holder. Please obtain and begin reading Waking Up to What You Do by Diane Eshin Rizzetto if you intend to participate. For more information, contact [email protected].

This study is open to all, whether you are just curious or intending to participate in Jukai (the formal ceremony of receiving the Precepts) or perhaps feeling the need to revisit these descriptions of an awakened life as a source of inspiration and solace. It is always an honor to share Precepts study together.

We will be discussing the Three Refuges, Three Pure Precepts, Ten Grave Precepts, the Fourfold Commitment to Racial and Social Justice, and The Ecosattva Vows (which can be found on 62, 66, and 88 of our liturgy book), as well as ethical concerns specific to our life as a Zen community. The required reading will be from the liturgy book, Waking Up to What You Do by Diane Eshin Rizzetto, and articles linked to in the schedule. Also recommended are The Mind of Clover by Robert Aitken, Awakening Together by Larry Yang, and So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo.

It is fine to miss class due to other commitments. Classes can be made up in the next cycle.

The next Jukai ceremony is schedled for January 22, 2022 at 4:15pm. Those who are interested in sewing a rakusu may be able to purchase a rakusu sewing kit and receive sewing instructions. Rakusus must be black and hand-sewn unless physical limitations make that difficult for you. More information is available in Preparing for Jukai.