Summer Precept Study

Deepening Our Practice of Ethical Conduct

July 1 – August 20

Buddhist-oriented recovery is not only about renouncing harmful substances and behaviors. We must also retool ourselves into ways of right thought, right speech and right action.

Developing a presence of precepts in our lives is vital to this process. Join us for a season of study and practice!

Practicing With Precept and Vow

Join Sheldon Clark for this 2.5 hour retreat. We'll discuss how our own sobriety and awakening is linked to the sobriety and awakening of others, and how to support others through our own ethical behavior. We'll explore the nature of both precepts and vows, and take time to develop a personal vow for our practice in recovery.

Registration for this retreat is encouraged as we'll be emailing optional reading material before the date.

Saturday, August 13

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (EST)

10:00 am - 12:30 pm (PST)

Conversations for Mutual Support

CANCELLED: Host has Covid!

Observing precepts, finding right thought, speech and action, can be difficult in the moment. Sometimes it's hard to know how to respond with skill and compassion.

These conversation sessions are a place where we can openly discuss difficult situations, possible applications of the precepts, and offer support to one another as we navigate our ways in the world.

Saturday, August 6

Hosted by Paul Keelen

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (PST)

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (EST)

Short Talks on the Five Precepts.

New talks posted each Monday

Reverence for Life

True Happiness

Audio, 15 minutes

Deep Listening and Loving Speech

Coming July 25

Nourishment and Healing

Coming August 1

"Mindfulness Trainings are the Whole of the Dharma"

by Christopher Reed, 5 pages

Because I have awareness of certain realities, I cannot but respond in particular ways. The mindfulness trainings are not just a set of rules. They are an invitation to open up to the promise of who we truly are.

Book Discussion Group

Weekly, starting Wednesday, July 6

7:00 pm (EST), 4:00 pm (PST)

Share in a five week discussion of Thich Nhat Hanh's classic commentary on the Five Precepts.

Each week, we'll discuss one book chapter and share our thoughts on practicing the different the precepts.

This book also offers essays by a variety of teachers, including Jack Kornfield, Joan Halifax, Gary Snyder and others.

Registration for this group is encouraged as we'll be emailing optional reading materials over the course of the five weeks.

Facilitated by Sheldon Clark

Practicing Buddha's Precepts

This resource was created by the Pittsboro Recovery Dharma Precept Practice Group and is available to anyone who finds it helpful on their path of recovery.

The intention in reciting the precepts is to keep them alive in our minds and hearts, grounding us in our values as we work to transform suffering in ourselves and those around us.

The recitation ceremony can be done individually, but is more powerful when experienced with a group.

Additional Reading

Thich Nhat Hanh

For a Future to be Possible

Good Citizens


Reb Anderson

Being Upright

Diane Eshin Rizzetto

Waking Up to What You Do

Robert Aitken

The Mind of Clover: Essays in Zen Buddhist Ethics

Urban Dharma

The Five Precepts

Tricycle Magazine

Five Precepts of Buddhism Explained

Sheldon Clark

Buddhist Recovery Daily Practice