"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Exploring the Five Precepts As a Blueprint for Liberation
Shahara Godfrey
Sunday, April 23, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code SG2D17.
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The precepts can be considered a code of ethics that spells out how to behave with a kind, nurturing, compassionate, fierce and relentless awareness of the present moment that can lead to freedom. This code of ethics may be interpreted as being the principles and practices that help one to act in ways that help rather than harm. In this daylong, we will explore how the Five Precepts give us many opportunities to cultivate and deepen our own moral compass.

This daylong will offer practices that can be used with clients to help explore how the Five Precepts can provide guidance through many of life's stressors. Through the use of the moral compass, we can cultivate more skills toward an open heart and deepening an understanding of how to cause as little harm as possible through our actions. It also includes instructions in mindfulness, dharma teaching, interactive exercises, and discussions with silent and guided meditations.

Teachings are appropriate for the general public as well as health care professionals. Continuing Education (CE) credit available.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals. This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Apply Buddhist perspectives and practices to cultivate the moral compass of the Five Precepts;
  • Integrate the principles of the Five Precepts to cultivate compassion and deepen awareness, in ways useful to clients;
  • Employ the “code of ethics” principles and practices in working with self and others;
  • Use emotional self-regulation by using these five practices through different exercises and meditations, in ways useful to clients.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.

General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can't attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.

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Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at or (415) 488-0164 x224.

Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”

Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review our Non-Residential Programs FAQ for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.

Continuing Education

This course offers 6 CE credits for $60 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and nurses. If you have a different license and are interested in CE credit, please check with your licensing Board to see if credits for programs from APA or BRN approved providers are accepted.

Continuing Education credit is co-sponsored by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Institute of Noetic Sciences is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP10318 for 6 contact hours. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.

Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include movement. For more information, including attendance and cancellation policies, see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

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