Zen Precepts
A Yearlong Exploration

Date: May 2024–May 2025

Location:

Online, via Zoom

Investment:
$50/month, includes access to all retreats and course materials
$125/month, includes access to all retreats and course materials, and a monthly 30-minute one-on-one check-in

Monthly Retreat Schedule
11am–4pm US Eastern Time
2024 Dates:
May 5 ~ June 8 ~ July 20 ~ August 11 ~ September 14
No October meeting ~ November 9 ~ December 14
2025 Dates:
January 18 ~ February 8 ~ February 23
April 12 ~ May 10

About the program:

The Zen Buddhist precepts are wholesome guides for Awakened living. Each precept points to ways of viewing our behavior, as well as furthering the functioning of the Absolute.

In this twelve-month online program and retreat series, we will read, review, reflect upon, and practice meditation investigating the layered meanings and personal application of each Zen Buddhist precept and perceived resistances. The focus of the program is to reveal the multi-layers of meaning each person can discover when relating to a particular precept and how we can incorporate the precept into our living more directly from truth, while leaving as little karmic wake behind us on our journey.

The format of the program includes:

  •  Twelve monthly 5-hour online retreats including discussion, applied meditation practice, and question and response recorded
  • Monthly readings and discussion questions
  • Monthly small-group peer connections
  • An interactive platform for group discussion about course content and readings with direct feedback from Stephen
  • Retreat recordings, shared monthly through the course platform
  • Option to register for a monthly 30-minute one-on-one meeting with Stephen
  • Access to all course materials for three months following the course completion

Next Steps:
Each year, Stephen will be offering Jukai—the giving and receiving of the precepts to students. The precept course is a requirement for anyone wishing to take Jukai with me.

Jukai is a ceremony of receiving the precepts, joining the Zen lineage with Stephen and confirming the ongoing personal student-teacher relationship with Stephen, while receiving dharma names from Stephen on your hand-sewn rakusu.

Those interested in Jukai should contact Stephen for a one-on-one appointment to discuss the timing and appropriateness of this ancient and sacred ceremony.

Stephen Mugen Snyder (Sensei) is a retired attorney and a senior meditation teacher, and lineage holder, in the Buddhist Theravada and Zen traditions.  He is the author of Demystifying Awakening, Buddha’s Heart, and co-author of Practicing the Jhanas. He works with students worldwide as well as leading online and in-person retreat in the U.S., the U.K., and Europe.

Investment:

  • $50/month, includes access to everything above, one-on-ones can be booked, as needed
  • $125/month, includes access to everything above, and a monthly 30-minute one-on-one check-in

Monthly Schedule:
We will meet monthly, from 11am–4 pm US Eastern Time.
2024 Dates:
May 5 ~ June 8 ~ July 20 ~ August 11 ~ September 14
No October meeting ~ November 9 ~ December 14
2025 Dates:
January 18 ~ February 8 ~ February 23
April 12 ~ May 10