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precepts class 2017

"Vast is the robe of liberation,

a formless field of benefaction;

I wear the Tathagata’s teaching,

saving all sentient beings."

We are pleased to offer classes for those interested in receiving the Precepts starting in April 2017. The Precepts are the moral and ethical teachings of Zen. Receiving the precepts is about making a commitment to walk the path of a Bodhisattva. A Bodhisattva is an ordinary person who commits to following the Buddha path of awakening not just for the benefit of him/herself but for everyone and to live out the teachings of the precepts in daily life.

To receive the precepts then, is to take refuge in the Buddha, (awakening to the fundamental interdependence of things) the Dharma, (teachings of the Buddha as path), and the Sangha, (embodying these teachings in the world of relationship with ourselves, all beings, and the earth).

Precept class is approximately a year-long individual and group study led by Sensei Ray Cicetti.


1 Making a request wishing to receive the precepts from Sensei in daisan.

2 A regular practice of meditation for at least one year and having attended a minimum of three one day retreats (zazenkai) and two weekend or week retreats (sesshin).

3 Commit to sewing a rakusu which is a miniature version of the Buddha’s robe (pronounced rock-su) as part of the class. Sewing assistance will be given.

GROUP MEETINGS are once a month. Individual interviews, in and out of daisan are set as needed for each precept. In addition time will be set for sewing classes (time to be decided).

MATERIALS Purchase of rakusu materials

REQUIRED READING Reb Anderson’s Being Upright, optional additional texts, Diane Rizzetto’s Waking Up to What You Do, Robert Aitken’s Mind of Clover

WHERE Empty Bowl Zendo or place to be decided.

FEE $400. This does not include purchase of rakusu material or Being Upright by Reb Anderson.

NOTE A sliding scale will be considered. Please make your request to Sensei.

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