Inside the Precepts


A Six-Week Series

With JoAnna Harper


Thursdays Starting October 25*

7-8:30 pm





The precepts serve as a foundation to Buddhist practice and this class offers a chance to explore them in depth. We will look at the precepts both in theory and in how they play out in our lives to illuminate our practice and our relationship to the world and ourselves. Each week we will look at a single precept through teaching and the Council model of mindful communication to foster a deeper sense of community and dialogue. We will also learn to recite the refuges and the precepts and have the opportunity to take them at the end of the class.


The precepts are not something that are taken once and forgotten, but are an ongoing, deepening and evolving part of our practice.


The precepts are a condensed form of Buddhist ethical practice. They are to be taken as recommendations, not commandments. This means the individual is encouraged to use his/her own intelligence to apply these rules in the best possible way to help cause less harm to ourselves and others.


The five precepts:


1. I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking life.

2. I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking what is not freely given.

3. I undertake the training rule to abstain from sexual misconduct.

4. I undertake the training rule to abstain from false speech.

5. I undertake the training rule to abstain from drugs and alcohol that cause heedlessness.



This course is recommended for both beginners and experienced practitioners who want to boost their practice and explore what it truly means to walk the walk.



Cost: $108 if paid for in advance, or $20 per week.  Plus dana to the teacher.

Scholarships and some work-exchange are available. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. Please call or write for more info.


*This class will not be held on Thanksgiving. Last class date is Thursday, Dec. 6. 






JoAnna Harper has been exploring and practicing multiple traditions since 1999.  In 2005, her focus landed on Buddhism and Vipassana meditation, which is the premise for most of her current teaching. Although her main focus is on working with youth through her bi-weekly children’s and teen sanghas, teen day long retreats, residential retreats and work in the juvenile justice system, she is also co -teaching adult residential retreats as well as leading a ‘Year to Live’ practice and teaching one-on-one sessions.  Her favorite teaching tools are working in Council and relational mindfulness.  She is a recent graduate of Noah Levine’s teacher training program and is trained through the Ojai Foundation as a Council facilitator.  She is the grateful mother of CJ and Harris – her main inspirations.



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This class will be held at 4300 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA. For location info, click here.