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.
During 2020, the Precepts Discussion Group is being led by Rev. Diane Shoshin Fitzgerald, Sensei, resident teacher of the GBZC Affiliate group, Zen DownEast, in Pembroke, ME. This discussion group is offered by conference call. These calls are a half-hour long and each call is devoted to discussing one of the sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts. The conference calls are open to all, regardless of where you may practice, and do not commit you to participating in Jukai (the formal ceremony of receiving the Precepts). Sometimes people simply want to learn more about the moral and ethical teachings of Zen.
Participants are asked to read two books: Reb Anderson’s Being Upright and the Bodhisattva Precepts and Robert Aitken’s The Mind of Clover: Essays in Zen Buddhist Ethics.
The Precepts Study Group occurs on Tuesdays 6:45-7:15 pm. Join via conference call beginning July 28, 2020. See the full schedule here. Contact Diane Fitzgerald at [email protected] for conference call number and password.
If you are interested in formally receiving the Precepts, you can inquire about this with any of our transmitted teachers, and you can find more information here.