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16 Precepts Class with Zen Teacher Fuho

Sunday, May 03, 2020 - 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

This one hour on-line Precepts class will happen every Sunday for six weeks from May 3rd through June 7th.

We all want to live a compassionate life. The precepts give us a framework for what it means to live an ethical life.

More then a set of rules to follow, the precepts are deep inquiries into the actual living of our lives with attention and love.

This is a follow up to the 5 precept classes, and that class is a requirement. It is preferred that you attend all 6 classes.

The first class covers the 3 refuges and 3 pure precepts, while classes 2-6 cover precepts 6-10.  The format is an introductory talk followed by class discussion.

Participants will be asked to do short writings on each precept.

Participation is required for those interested in Jukai (Buddhist precepts ceremony).

Please register to receive the ZOOM meeting link.


The SIxteen Precepts

The Three Refuges (Three Treasures)

I take refuge in the Buddha.

I take refuge in the Dharma.

I take refuge in the Sangha.

The Three Pure Precepts

I vow not to commit evil.

I vow to cultivate goodness.

I vow to help others.


The Ten Grave Precepts

I vow not to kill, but to cherish all life.

I vow not to steal, but to respect that which belongs to others.

I vow not to misuse sexual energy, but to be honest and respectful.

I vow not to lie, but to speak the truth.

I vow not to misuse drugs or alcohol, but to keep the mind clear.

I vow not to gossip about others’ faults, but to be understanding and sympathetic.

I vow not to praise myself by criticizing others, but to overcome my own shortcomings.

I vow not to withhold spiritual or material aid, but to give freely when needed.

I vow not to unleash anger, but to seek its source.

I vow not to speak ill of the Three Treasures, but to cherish and uphold them.


Jukai is a public ceremony of taking on the Sixteen Precepts as a way of life and becoming a Zen Buddhist.



$30 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds