Precepts Discussion Group

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Recommended books on the Precepts

The Mind of Clover (Aitken)
Waking Up to What You Do (Rizetto)
Being Upright (Anderson)
If You're Lucky, Your Heart Will Break (Ford)
The Heart of Being (Loori)

Recommended Books on the Precepts and Society

The Great Awakening (Loy)
The New Social Face of Buddhism (Jones)
Money Sex War Karma (Loy)
Pavement (Jensen)
Razor-Wire Dharma (Malone)

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.

For the 2018-2019 season, the Precepts Study Group will explore the book Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts by Reb Anderson.

This book study and discussion group will meet on the FIRST SATURDAY of the month at 1:00 PM, and will be facilitated by GBZC's Board of Directors President, Donna White.

Drop-ins welcome! Prior reading is suggested, but not required. Come for one discussion, a few of them, or all of them as your schedule allows.

We'll be meeting each month, September through June. Please note that there are some exceptions to our typical schedule of meeting on the first Saturday of the month.  The dates below are underlined if they are NOT the first Saturday.

Dates: 9/8, 10/20, 11/3, 12/1, 1/5, 2/2, 3/2, 4/20, 5/25, 6/22

Time: 1:00-2:30 PM

Suggested donation - GBZC members: $10 / non-members: $15


Sep 8: Chapters 6&7, pp. 33-46
Oct 20: Chapter 7, The Three Refuges
Nov 3: Chapter 8, The Three Pure Precepts
Dec 1: Chapter 9, The Abode and the Source
Jan 5: Chapter 10, Practicing and Being Practiced
Feb 2: Chapter 11, Taking Self and Others Across
Mar 2: Chapter 12, The Ten Grave Precepts
Apr 20: Chapter 13, Not Killing
May 25: Chapter 14, Not Stealing
June 22: Chapter 15, Not Misusing Sexuality