Precepts II: Manifesting Compassion, with Shugen Sensei

New York City  

February 9, 2013
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Zen Center of New York City

The vow of the Bodhisattva is to alleviate suffering and give selflessly for the benefit of all beings—to live with compassion. According to Buddhist teachings, each of us is naturally endowed with compassion. So why do generosity, kindness and skillfulness so often seem out of our reach? How does our selfclinging hinder our natural desire and capacity to be genuinely concerned for others? What forms of Buddhist practice can help us move beyond our limited and confining views and actions?

This second-level retreat is part of the Mountains and Rivers Order training program for receiving the Buddhist precepts, yet it is open to all who are interested in practicing the Dharma. In this retreat, we will examine and discuss bodhicitta—the great aspiration to liberate self and other—and its important role in generating compassion. We will then explore the Paramitas, or Perfections—the practices and virtues of the Bodhisattva: giving, patience, effort, meditation, wisdom and the Precepts, the Buddhist moral and ethical teachings. We’ll discuss how these powerful teachings can transform the way we relate to every aspect of our lives: family and friends, co-workers, the nation and the environment. By exploring the issues that challenge us the most, we’ll see how we can bring compassionate action into our daily practice, both spontaneously and intentionally.

About the Instructor: Shugen Sensei received dharma transmission from Daido Roshi in 1997. He is the head of the MRO and abbot of the Zen Center of New York City. Shugen Sensei also manages the National Buddhist Prison Sangha. He has been in full-time residential training since 1986. His teachings have appeared in various Buddhist journals and in The Best Buddhist Writing 2009.

Cost: $75 (MRO Students: $65)

For more information, or to register:
Precepts II with Shugen Sensei
Zen Center of New York City
500 State Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 875-8229 •