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The Five Precepts for Ethical Living Thursday Class Series

Thursday, November 02, 2017 - 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.

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.

Everyone is welcome to attend these classes, whether you are considering taking up the practicing of the Precepts or you are simply interested in exploring 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.

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