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Five Precepts for Ethical Living class series

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The heart of our practice is zazen (meditation) and ethics. The ethical foundation of Zen Buddhism is the Five Precepts. We uphold the Precepts through active and ongoing work in our life. The Five Precepts are:

  • I vow not to kill, but to cherish all life.
  • I vow not to steal, but to respect the things of others.
  • I vow not to lie, but to speak the truth.
  • I vow not to misuse sexual energy, but to be respectful in mind and action.
  • I vow not to misuse drugs or alcohol, but to keep the mind clear.

For more about the precepts, please click here.

Everyone is welcome to attend these classes, whether you have already taken the precepts, are considering taking the precepts, or you are simply curious about the ethical guidelines that rest at the foundation of our practice. 

This series will include readings, contemplations, practices, online discussion, and experiences concerning the Five Precepts.

The Five Precepts are received at a ceremony before the community as a way to seal our commitment and receive community support for our intentions. If you are interested in receiving the Precepts, please contact the Director of Training.

For more information about the classes, or to sign up, please send an email to Kodo.

Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple
6401 NE 10th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97211
Free; donations welcomed