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Study Group

The Study Group program includes Zazen (sitting meditation) and group discussion. Discussion is usually focused on a particular text or topic. We use a wide range of Buddhist subject matter from many traditions, and we cover the same material on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings.


Study Group Schedule     
Tuesday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm  
Saturday, 8:00am – 8:50am 


Precepts and Basic Buddhism

Optional text for Precepts: The Mind of Clover by Robert Aitken

 

 

Week #

Date

Topics

 

 

Saturday

Tuesday

 

Optional Readings

 

 

 

 

 

1

March 24

March 27

The Three Pure Precepts

Introduction to Precepts

Mind of Clover: Ch. 1;

p. 3-15

2

March 31

April 3

1st Precept: Not Killing

Mind of Clover: Ch. 2;

p. 16-26

3

April 7

April 10

2nd Precept: Not Stealing

Mind of Clover: Ch. 3;

p. 27-36

4

April 14

April 17

3rd Precept: Not Misusing Sexuality

Mind of Clover: Ch. 4;

p. 37-48

5

April 21

April 24

4th Precept: Not Lying

Mind of Clover: Ch. 5;

p. 49-56

6

April 28

May 1

5th Precept: Not Giving or taking drugs

Mind of Clover: Ch. 6;

p. 57-63

7

May 5

May 8

6th Precept: Not Discussing Faults of Others

7th Precept: Not Praising Yourself at the expense of Others

Mind of Clover: Ch. 7 & 8;

p. 64-79

8

May 12

May 15

8th Precept: Not Sparing the Dharma Assets

Mind of Clover: Ch. 9;

p. 80-87

9

May 19

May 22

9th Precept: Not indulging in Anger

Mind of Clover: Ch. 10;

p. 88-96

10

May 26

May 29

10th Precept: Not Defaming the Three Treasures

The Three Jewels :

Buddha, Dharma, Sangha

Mind of Clover: Ch. 11;

p. 97-104

 

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11

June 2

June 5

The Eightfold Noble Path - I

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12

June 9

June 12

The Eightfold Noble Path - II

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14

June 16

June 19

Four Bodhisattva Vows

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15

June 23

June 26

Lineage &

Robe Verse

Dharma Name

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16

June 30

July 3

NO CLASS

Atonement / Purification

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 Note: Use of a text by the study group does not constitute an endorsement of the book by Shao Shan Temple, nor necessarily indicate agreement with the entire text.