Five Buddhist Precepts

Five Buddhist Precepts

Classes are typically held at least once per practice period:
• Fall from September through December.
• Winter/spring from January through April.
For upcoming class dates see our Calendar.

To accept the gift of the precepts is to formally take the first step towards joining and participating in the Buddhist Community. The Precepts Program is offered twice per calendar year beginning in September and January. Please check the Calendar for the exact meeting dates.

The Five Buddhist Precepts are:
To respect and protect all life.
To respect and protect the property of others.
To respect and protect sexual boundaries.
To respect and protect the truth.
To respect and protect one’s mind and body.

Preceptors will study and discuss these precepts in a group setting under the guidance of a teacher. Participants are encouraged to take the Intro to Meditation Class and the Fundamentals of Buddhism Class prior to the start of the Preceptor program.

All students are expected to arrive at the temple at 8:30 a.m. each Sunday to assist in cleaning, set-up, and do prostrations and meditation before service and to attend ALL preceptor meetings after Sunday service. Students are also expected to complete all assigned prostrations and meditations, and to purchase a personal journal to be turned in each week upon arrival at the temple. Also to be purchased prior to the first meeting: two copies of the Dhammapada, one by Eswaran, the other by Narada. Preceptors may wish to purchase a set of gray robes to arrive prior to the Precept’s Ceremony.

Former precept students may also re-take the precept program at any time to deepen their practice and commitments. Former and current preceptors may be called on to perform various duties for the temple including being a greeter during services, lighting the incense and candles, setting up the dharma hall, etc.

Direct your questions about the Five Buddhist Precepts to Ven. Yong Su.


The cost 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.

Suggested Donation Options:

  • Place your cash or check donation in the dana (donation) boxes at each entrance of the temple.
    Label the envelopes provided with your name if you want a record for year-end taxes.

  • Or mail your donation by check, with the class title on the memo line. Make your check payable and mail to:
    Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple
    451 Division Ave South
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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