The Practice of Parenting: The Challenge of the Buddhist Precepts, with Shugen Sensei & MRO seniors

Northeast USA  

November 16, 2013
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Zen Center of New York City

Every loving parent wants to raise their child so he or she might live happily, avoid suffering, and be a positive influence in the world. This necessarily leads them to want to teach their child how to be a good, moral human being — someone who can discern right from wrong, benefit from harm, and then make good decisions. Surely, every parent also confronts many challenges to this simple and profound task — from power struggles, to the subtleties of “truth telling,” to questions of when to stand up for friends and when to respect authority — as their child grows and begins to assume their own agency. This is complicated greatly by the tremendously powerful forces of media, the internet, and technology that are beckoning to children, and to which children are particularly vulnerable.

The Precepts — the moral and ethical teachings of Buddhism — offer a practical way to live peacefully, with wisdom, compassion, and intelligence. Rather than binding rules of behavior, the Precepts show us how to fulfill our deepest desires to live happily, without conflict. Profound and boundless teachings, they are also directly accessible to every person, at every age, because they offer various levels of depth of understanding.

In this retreat, led by Shugen Sensei and several MRO senior students who are parents, we will examine and discuss the Precepts and how they can be taught to and understood by young people, and then carried into their lives. We’ll emphasize the importance of each parent’s role in providing good examples of living within these powerful teachings and how deeply influential this can be on our children’s lives. Parents of children of all ages are strongly encouraged to attend, as well as prospective parents, caretakers, and educators. This retreat is part of the Temple’s ongoing retreat series exploring the Practice of Parenting.

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:
The Practice of Parenting, with Shugen Sensei & MRO seniors
Zen Center of New York City
500 State Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 875-8229 •