Studying the Precepts with Suzuki Roshi (class), Online 3/2 - 4/6

Practice Center
Date / Time
Mar 2, 2021 / 5:30pm - Apr 6, 2021 / 7:00pm
Event Type
Classes & Extended Courses

This class will be offered online. The Zoom link will be provided at least 24 hours before the class begins. Please call 415-354-0360 if you have any questions.

Six Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7 pm PT

This is an introductory course in which we will study Suzuki Roshi’s unique teachings on the precepts, which he emphasized as “beyond words.” We will be considering his understanding and non-literal approach through the study of several talks he gave on Zen Precepts and Buddhist Forms from 1965 to 1971.

The Buddhist precepts are an essential aspect of Zen practice, yet are far from road signs or commandments that prescribe our actions. Rather, they are more like stars and, through their study, we learn to appreciate and navigate situations that arise in our sitting and daily living.

In addition to engaging the precepts in Suzuki Roshi’s words, we will investigate our personal experiences of the precepts and how they might enlarge our sense of and appreciation of day-to-day life and develop compassion toward ourselves and others.

Note: All are welcome, no prior experience of precept study or Zen practice is required.

  Session Outline
5:30 pm PT Silent meditation for settling in
5:45 pm PT Greetings & Introduction of Session Theme
6:00 pm PT Peter: Presentation of excerpt from Suzuki Roshi talk
6:15 pm PT Peter: Discussion in small break-out groups
6:30 pm PT Large group discussion with facilitation
6:50 pm PT Jennifer: Recommended reading and practice for the following week
6:55 pm PT End with "four vows" chant

Talks by Shunryu Suzuki that we might examine over the course:

  • Precepts and Zazen are the Same Thing
  • How to Observe the Precepts
  • Why it is Necessary to Accept Precepts
  • True Practice as Expression of Buddha Nature
  • Precepts as Original Nature
  • Real Precepts are Beyond Words
Fee Information

$180; $162 current SFZC members; $108 limited income.

Tiered pricing for those in need. Please register below.

Registration Information

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