Precepts I: Introduction to the Buddhist Precepts, with Shugen Sensei

Northeast USA  

October 19, 2013
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Zen Center of New York of City

The moral and ethical teachings of the Buddha are fundamental to all schools of Buddhism, and they are a vital aspect of training within the Mountains and Rivers Order. They are also essential pointers for living an enlightened life. Easily misunderstood as a simple list of rules, the Precepts are a profound expression of compassion grounded in one-pointed awareness and wisdom. The extent to which the Precepts become real in our lives is equal to how deeply we explore our own ground of being. How are we to live as responsible and awakened beings in this challenging world? How can we work toward enjoying our own freedom and comfort without causing harm to others? Can the Precepts guide us in becoming confident, caring, and self-initiating in these difficult times?

In this retreat, we will examine the moral and ethical teachings of Buddhism. We will devote attention to the evolution of the Mahayana Precepts and their basis in selflessness, and we will explore how they are brought to life. Using zazen, talks, and discussions to elicit honest reflection, this retreat will introduce us to these ancient and profoundly relevant touchstones of the Buddha Way. This retreat is required for MRO students wishing to formally receive the Precepts. Recommended reading: The Heart of Being by John Daido Loori, Roshi.

About the Instructor: Shugen Sensei is the Head of the Mountains and Rivers Order and the abbot and resident teacher of the Zen Center of New York City. He also manages the National Buddhist Prison Sangha. Shugen Sensei has been in full-time residential training since 1986; he received dharma transmission from Daido Roshi in 1997. While he lives primarily at ZCNYC, he shares his time between there and the Monastery. His teachings have appeared in various Buddhist journals and The Best Buddhist Writing 2009. His first book, O, Beautiful End, a collection of Zen memorial poems, was published in 2012.

Cost: $75 (MRO Students: $65)

For more information, or to register:
Precepts I, with Shugen Sensei
Zen Center of New York City
500 State Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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