Receiving the Zen Buddhist Precepts


In the Zen tradition, Buddhist Precepts are entered into as life-guiding principles based on the experience of no-self. We take refuge in the three treasures of 1) our awakened natures; 2) all the phenomena of existence, witnessed clearly, and 3) the harmony of all beings and phenomena in awakenedness.

The Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts

The Three Treasures

I take refuge in the Buddha
I take refuge in the Dharma
I take refuge in the Sangha


The Three Pure Precepts

Not Creating Evil
Practicing Good
Actualizing Good For Others


The Ten Grave Precepts

Affirm life; Do not kill
Be giving; Do not steal
Honor the body; Do not misuse sexuality
Manifest truth; Do not lie
Proceed clearly; Do not cloud the mind
See the perfection; Do not speak of others errors and faults
Realize self and other as one; Do not elevate the self and blame others
Give generously; Do not be withholding
Actualize harmony; Do not be angry
Experience the intimacy of things; Do not defile the Three Treasures

Taking the Buddhist Vows at Eon Zen

Practitioners wishing to explore and receive the Precepts in jukai ceremony must be Students with Eon Zen Center.  Precept Study Sessions are held approximately every other month at the Eon Home Zendo. A four-session sequence of classes is mandatory for those taking jukai, and is open to any others who desire to explore the Precepts, space permitting.

The next Precept classes are Sundays October 6th and November 17th, 2019 (10:30am-12:30pm at Eon Home Zendo.)

The next Precept ceremony will be held at the November 1-3 weekend sesshin at Maitreya Abbey in Berthoud.   

Registration and Information (password required).

Contact the Center with your interest in this program using the form below.

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