Code of Ethics

Pine Street Sangha
Code of Ethics

In this approach to meditation our practice is relational, independent but not alone. We meet one on one or in small groups, occasionally larger groups, and we get to know each other through our meditation practice and the sharing of our reflections.  We acknowledge a collective effort to use kindness, understanding, and appropriate restraint in our speech and email communication.

The statements below are based on the five precepts and define our ethical conduct individually and as part of the sangha.

  1. We acknowledge the power we have in a teaching position, and that line becomes blurred when we have dual relationships.  We endeavor not to abuse our power and to become more aware of nuanced power dynamics.  We agree to be accountable to another teacher or peer in our community when working with others, and within our own practice.  Additionally, we will strive to treat each person with respect and dignity, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, mental or physical form.
  2. In offering our teachings on a dana basis, we are grateful to receive.  Along with this honor, comes the responsibility of allowing others to give freely without coercion.
  3. Sexual relationships between teacher and student are prohibited.  We endeavor to maintain appropriate sexual relationships within our lives and community, and endeavor to create an atmosphere free from sexual harassment.
  4. With our speech, we endeavor to be honest and fair. Our desire is to create a safe space where people can share freely, to their comfort level, and expect what they share to be held with care and respect. We favor dialogue over silence, and encourage people to talk about conflicts and disagreements, and to become aware of their own conflicts of interest.  If conflicts arise, please try to talk directly with each other, first. If a conflict cannot be resolved in this way, please bring the issue to a teacher. Any person who speaks up regarding perceived conflict, can do so without fear of retaliation by the teachers, Board, or sangha.  We encourage reconciliation when possible, and agree to part ways when it looks like staying together would create more harm.
  5. In order to reduce recklessness and heedlessness, we will not abuse mind altering substances.

We agree to self-report and take responsibility for our intentions and actions.  We gather strength from being willing to talk about our ignorance and misunderstandings in relationships with others in our community. We do this with the intention to learn from our mistakes, express our regrets, and practice compassion and understanding for ourselves, and the beings who walk with us upon this path.