We are an intentional community of committed Buddhist practitioners, whose primary function is to reduce suffering among all beings, regardless of race, sex, gender, religion, or any other distinctions. Nonetheless, we recognize that mistakes and misunderstandings can happen, and that it can help to have a process for resolving any disputes or problems.
We are committed to the truth, recognizing that truth on the relative level is relative and partial. Each person may have a very different view of any given situation, and each perspective has validity. When a conflict arises, we are committed to trying to understand all viewpoints, which is not to say that we should accept them as equivalent. Our goal is to relieve suffering, and some viewpoints will lead to that goal more clearly than others.
When an issue arises, we recommend that the person with the grievance speak to the offending party and attempt to resolve the issue directly. It might be helpful to have another sangha member present for the discussion.
There may be cases where it does not feel safe or appropriate to speak directly to the offending party. In these cases, the typical process is as follows:
1. Grievances should be directed to the Abbot, who will then help to direct any inquiry, discussions, or disciplinary actions in consultation with the complainant and other sangha representatives.
2. If the grievance is specific to the Abbot, the grievance should be directed to the Guiding Teacher, who will help to direct any inquiry, discussions, or disciplinary actions in consultation with the complainant and other sangha representatives.
This approach is not intended to exclude any other actions that could be taken.