Thursday evenings, February 21 through March 14th, 7 to 8:15pm.  Open to Everyone.

The 16 Bodhisattva Precepts are vows that a Buddhist practitioner may take after some time on the path. They are not rules to live by, not commandments passed down from an outside authority, and they don’t come with any specific punishment or reward. They are simply guidelines that can inform our daily life. When we study them deeply, and devote ourselves to living them to the best of our ability, our practice naturally moves from the cushion into our daily life. In this 4 week course, we’ll practice and study these vows in a thorough and direct way. One doesn’t need to identify as a Buddhist to find opportunity for growth and learning here. This course is required for those taking jukai (lay precepts). It’s recommended for those who have already taken vows, and also encouraged for those just entering the path and curious about what it means to be a Buddhist today. Visit this link to read our version of the Lay Precepts (also knows as the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts). http://openmindzennaples.com/omz-precepts/

Required reading:  Waking up to What You Do, by Diane Rizzetto

The course will include:

* weekly journaling and reading assignments

* teachings and discussion

* meditation practices aimed at cultivating qualities expressed in the precepts

 Schedule:

Feb. 21st:  Overview and The 3 Refuges

Feb. 28th:  The 3 Pure Precepts

March 7th:  10 Grave Precepts (1-5)

March 14th:  10 Grave Precepts (6-10)

Suggested donation for entire course: $50 or $25 for OMZ Members

To register, visit this link and pay the appropriate amount with the one-time donation button. Under “Instructions for the Seller” please indicate that you’re registering for the precepts course. http://openmindzennaples.com/support-us/