This Code of Ethics is intended to inform and support the relationships and interactions between and among teachers and students of Reflective Meditation as it is practiced within Sati Sangha.
For most of us, Reflective Meditation is a relational practice, often done independently but not solely alone. 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 constraint in our speech and other communication.
We gather strength from being willing to talk about our misunderstandings and ignorance in relationships with others in our community and agree to take responsibility for our intentions and actions. We do this with the intention to learn from our mistakes, express our regrets, and practice compassion and understanding for ourselves, and for those who walk with us upon this path.
The Buddhist precepts are commitments to abstain from killing living beings, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying and intoxication. The statements below are based on the five precepts and define our ethical conduct individually and organizationally.
Additional precepts for teachers and council members
We acknowledge the power we have in teaching and council positions. We endeavor not to abuse our power and to become more aware of nuanced power dynamics. Our community is small, and we understand some of the dangers of being isolated in our approach to meditation; therefore, we take a conscious interest in the broader community of dharma and meditation teaching. We agree to be accountable to another teacher or peer in our community when working with others, and to co-create opportunities for consultation and supervision when we are teaching meditation and dharma. Also, we acknowledge in our sangha dual relationships between teachers, students, and volunteers are inevitable; we engage in them with care. Sexual relationships between teacher and student are prohibited.
Below are actual situations that have come from the community. Posting these will help keep this document nuanced and current, showing some details of what we deal with in our practice community and how.