As many of you know, we have been working on a Code of Ethics for the Sangha for some time now. As a Sangha we commit to aligning our lives with the Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts. As humans, we embody the myriad possibilities of being human. Together, we recognize both our true glorious nature and our capacity to cause suffering in this world. Our responsibility is to provide a safe, ethical, and respectful environment for all who practice at our Temple.
With this task in mind, we undertook an initial survey of ethical codes from Buddhist communities across the country and sought input and feedback from some Sangha members involved in the counseling/psychological fields. After a lot of drafting, discussion, and revision by Temple leadership, we sent out a call for feedback from Jukai members in spring. After processing and integrating that, the Board approved the Code of Ethics on May 26, 2019 and began populating the EAR Council.
The Code of Ethics and information about how to engage with the EAR Council are now available on the Ethical Guidelines page of our website.
We wish to thank all involved for their diligent and sincere efforts. This is, of course, a living code ready to evolve with and integrate the experience of our community and always to be held in the heart of love, compassion, and wisdom that is our beloved Sangha.
President of the Board of Directors
Buddhist Temple of Toledo