We encourage small steps toward living and teaching a compassionate, ethical dharma and meditation practice;
one where each one of us is responsible for navigating our own wounding, injustice, and actions in the world.
these modules are not...
✓ a didactic course with informational videos and documentation.
✓ the current legal and ethical definitions for the field.
✓ a list of clear guidelines that you can follow.
✓ taught by a renowned Buddhist teacher expert in all ethical questions.
these modules are...
✓ a collaborative, relational model of learning interspersed with time to meditate together.
✓ a chance to use reflective practice to develop your own guidelines and courses of action with the people and situations you encounter in the world.
✓ an opportunity to listen and speak honestly with other teachers.
Reflection as an ethical safeguard:
It takes awhile to cultivate the taste for reflection. It is a different way of learning or knowing. Subtle, nuanced, complex, sophisticated (matured over time).
Transparency as an ethical safeguard:
Being transparent about our goals and biases at the front end is an ethical thing to do. Reflecting on ethics while we are talking about ethics reveals the process we are going through together.
Conversation and consultation as an ethical safeguard:
Creating a healthy and ethical learning community of dharma and meditation teachers/participants.
We believe ethical transgressions come from our own personal hurt, wounding, and insecurity in the world. It will be necessary to look at this within yourself when participating in these modules. We do not expect you to disclose what you deem private.
These modules are designed to take you through a process of ethical reflecting; reflecting on your life as a meditation and/or dharma teacher. They are designed to untangle some of the threads inter-woven into your ethical life.
The course will run over a three month time period. Each month you will attend one daylong online module. There will be additional opportunities throughout the month for integrating what you have learned from the reflective practice of writing about your experiences.
We will fine tune your internal 'ethical compass' through exploring your own particular patterns and habits that put you at risk for ethical misunderstandings.
We will be using the early Buddhist teachings as our dharma anchor.
✓ Read Sati Sangha's Ethical Codes
✓ Read Sati Sangha's Online Agreements for Participation
✓ Setup a Zoom account and familiarize yourself with our protocol and online meeting manners
✓ Setup a conversation with the teacher for this course, Linda Modaro, Lead Teacher and Spiritual Director for Sati Sangha
Module 1: Developing trust, safety and rapport with a small, intimate group using ethical reflection.
Module 2: Holding the impact experienced in sanghas, from a lack of clarity or policies to ethical transgressions, and the effect on us individually.
Module 3: Continuing reflective exploration and starting a healing process from the impact of systemic ethical misconduct.
Dates & Donations
We are taking registration for our Fall/Autumn
2021 course dates:
Module #1 – September 24, 10:30am-5pm PST
Module #2 – October 29, 10:30am-5pm PST
Module #3 – December 3, 10:30am-5pm PST
*please contact me if you are outside the US and would like a course tailored to your teaching sangha.
Teachers who are earning an income:
Teachers in training or newly teaching:
Teachers experiencing financial hardships can speak with Linda about other possibilities.
We have received a grant to help more teachers access this course despite pandemic/ financial hardships.
We propose a suggested donation range for this course rather than a set fee, although no one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay. If you are able to pay on the higher end, this will lend support to these ethical teachings and by being generous in this way you help us offer these teachings to everyone regardless of their financial resources.
*Sati Sangha has been approved as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and relies solely on support and donations to continue our dharma teaching.
This course was made possible by a grant we received from Hemera Foundation for developing “Healthy Buddhist Communities". We are grateful for the opportunity to have such a relationship with them, and honor the dedication they have shown to foster good will among sanghas and support of dharma teaching.