Full Moon Ceremony, Saturday, December 14

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Saturday, December 14, 10 am 11 am

Traditionally, Buddhists celebrate the full moon by renewing our vows with the ancient Bodhisattva Full Moon Precept Ceremony. On Saturday, December 14, after one period of zazen, we will celebrate the December full moon. This ceremony marks a public renewal of our commitment to the ethical practices known as the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts. These guiding principles for our daily conduct in the world are:

  • The Three Refuges (refuge in Buddha, the fully awakened and compassionate nature of mind; refuge in Dharma, the flawless truth of interdependence and selflessness; refuge in Sangha, the community of those who practise the Buddhadharma together).
  • The Three Collective Pure Precepts (embracing and sustaining standards of conduct, embracing and sustaining good qualities, embracing and sustaining living beings).
  • The Ten Major Precepts (not killing life, taking what is not given, misusing sexuality, speaking falsely, clouding the mind, speaking of others’ faults, praising self at the expense of others, being possessive, indulging anger, disparaging the Three Treasures – Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha).

This ceremony is a ritual begun by the Buddha himself, where we renew our commitment to practising this way of life, in harmony with all beings.

Sunday Programme for Beginners


Once a month, we will be offering a newcomers’ programme on Sunday morning. It will usually be the second Sunday of the month; January 12 will be the first beginners’ Sunday of 2020. Doors open at 9:45 am and we’ll end at about noon.

  • Press the buzzer marked “Zen” and we will buzz you in.
  • Head upstairs and turn right.
  • Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • If you can afford to make a small donation, it will be gratefully received.
  • Street parking is free on Sundays, and there are usually places available in St Anne’s Cathedral car-park across the street from us.

We invite experienced practitioners to come along as allies to support and give a friendly welcome to newcomers.