The Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts, with Charlie Korin Pokorny


7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

  • Online class
  • 12 Weeks, September 17 – December 3
  • Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30pm EST

Choosing to live as the precepts means choosing to live as an undivided heart.

Our Zen vow to live for the benefit of all beings is an awe-inspiring request that can sometimes feel out of reach — for ourselves, our communities and the world. Thankfully, our Buddhist ancestors passed down sixteen ethical teachings, the Bodhisattva precepts, that clarify how an aspiring Bodhisattva moves through the world.

The precepts realign us with our collective vows in every moment. Over time, we develop faith that each small, intentional action can positively affect life. Working with our collective karma transforms histories of harm into healing potential.

This class is required of all those wishing to receive the precepts from a teacher (jukai), and recommended for everyone in leadership roles at BZC. It’s also a wonderful way to deepen one’s connection to the rich tradition of Soto Zen.

This class includes reading, talks, and group discussion. We will study and practice the precepts through our lived experience and what unfolds between us. We will look at the precepts with a recognition of the intersections of individual, interpersonal, collective and ancestral perspectives. These intimate discussions will be firmly grounded in both our precept practice and BZC’s Community Agreements.

The registration deadline is September 16. Participants will receive a zoom link for the class.

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Charlie Korin Pokorny grew up in Hyde Park on the South Side of Chicago. He was ordained as a priest by Reb Anderson in 1999 and received dharma transmission in 2018. He practiced as a resident at Tassajara and Green Gulch Farm and studied koans with Daniel Terragno. Charlie and Sarah served as head priests at Stone Creek Zen Center 2014-2022. He teaches at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley (including courses on Buddhist philosophy, history, meditation and ritual practice). Charlie, Sarah and their children moved to Brooklyn in 2022.

$495 — $630

To request a refund for this program you must notify BZC in writing at least 2 days before the beginning of the program. This supports the organizing effort involved in managing registrations and cancellations.

The Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts, with Charlie Korin Pokorny