Five Buddhist Precepts

Five Buddhist Precepts Training

Classes are typically held at least once per practice period, each Fall from September through December.
For upcoming class dates, see our Calendar.

Preceptor Introductory Meeting

Meets at the Temple on Sunday, Sept. 10

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Preceptor Meeting Schedule

Meets at the Temple on the following Sundays:

Sept. 10 and 24

Oct. 8 and 22

Nov. 12 and 26

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 9 for the Preceptor Retreat

8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 10 for the Preceptor Ordination and Reception

9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Preceptor Temple Cleaning 

Meets at the Temple on Sundays beginning Sept. 10

8:30 a.m. Clean the temple

9 a.m. Mini-lecture and discussion

Meets at the Temple

Click here to register. Registration ends by Sept. 1.

The Five Buddhist Precepts embody the basic code of ethics undertaken by lay followers of Buddhism. The Precepts are commitments to abstain from harming living beings, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, and intoxication.


Students will meet two Sundays a month for four months. Through intensive training, individuals will focus on individual reflection, reading, online journal submissions, memorization, and small group discussions. Participants will deepen into the gifts of the Precepts, integrating them slowly and intentionally into everyday living. Books are included in the fee. 

Preceptors will be responsible for cleaning the Temple and attending service every Sunday during training unless making alternate arrangements. The four-month training culminates in a ceremony in early December.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Meditation is recommended or with permission from the teacher.

For more information, please email Rev. Kunga Nyima Drotos.


The fee for this program is $75 due in full at the first meeting, or in monthly installments via PayPal. Cash or checks are accepted, as well. If you have a financial hardship, please speak with a Dharma Council member. No one is turned away from any of our activities for financial reasons.

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