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.

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.  The Precept ceremony will be held in the Fall of 2018, and preceded by study groups beginning in June.  Study groups are limited to 12 people. Depending on availability, the study groups will also be open to those who have taken Precepts before and would like to refresh their understanding and share experience.  

Dates for Precept Study groups are: June 23, July 22, August 19, September 8.

Classes are mandatory for those taking or seriously considering jukai, and optional for others.

Registration and Information (password required).

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

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