Conflict Within the Sangha
Although conflict is inevitable and painful, it also provides a way to develop more awareness (sati) about oneself and others, and to develop more skillful responses. We ask that individuals in conflict turn to Buddhist teachings for guidance and to apply their practice and their understanding to the situation. We encourage the people in conflict to give their best effort to resolve the conflict between themselves and, as appropriate, with support from other sangha members.
When conflict arises that cannot be resolved informally between the people involved, we have a more formal Grievance Process which begins when someone files a written complaint. Our commitment is to offer an atmosphere free from retaliation.
In responding to a grievance, Pine Street Sangha has an obligation and a commitment to look deeply at itself, the organization, and any systemic practices that might have led to the situation. The result of this introspection will help identify actions that will safeguard the organization from further occurrences.