This class is about the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts, the ethical guidelines of Zen practice. Handouts with short readings will be provided in class. We will discuss both the theory and practice of working with the precepts, as well as how precepts can provide a karmic mirror for our thoughts, habits, and actions. This class leads up to a week-long sesshin (February 11-17), which culminates in Jukai (giving and receiving the precepts) ceremony on February 17. Taking the precepts at Jukai means formally becoming a Buddhist. If you would like to learn more, additional information will be provided in class. The instructor will be Kakumyo Lowe-Charde.
Kakumyo will be the Preceptor this year. If you are thinking of taking the Precepts, you need to meet with him, ideally during fall term, before the Precepts classes start. If you’re planning to take the Precepts, you are expected to take this class if at all possible.