This series of classes is open to all, whether you are new to Buddhism or a practitioner of many years. Classes led by senior Koho students and Seido. They include study materials and suggestions on how to engage the bodhisattva precepts in everyday life. Class series are required for those considering formally receiving the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts.
Introduction: How Precepts Function in Everyday Life
The Meaning of the Bodhisattva Vow
Taking Refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha
Atonement – Becoming “At-one-with” the Past
Working with Our Karmic Patterns – Ten Grave Precepts
The Tradition of the Jukai Ceremony: Taking Buddhist Vows
The precepts are natural and inherent in our lives, whether or not we consider them from a Buddhist perspective. They are not a test or rules imposed by some outer power but are akin to the natural laws of the universe with which we wish to be in harmony. When we begin a spiritual search, it is because a natural instinct has arisen within, and we seek a teaching or practice to help us clarify what this instinct is and where it might lead. When we find a teaching or practice that fits, we seek guidance and the community of others who understand what it is we are trying to do. The instinct that sets us on this search comes from the urging of Buddha Mind itself, and following it wholeheartedly is what we mean by “taking refuge in the Buddha.” Looking for a teaching or practice is seeking the Dharma and looking for a teacher or community is seeking Sangha. In this way, the Three Refuges of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha appear completely naturally regardless to whatever path is taken.
~ Excerpt by Kyogen Carlson, former DRZC Abbott, from DRZC Precept Study Guide