ethical guidelines

 

I undertake to abstain from harming living beings.
With deeds of loving-kindness I purify my body.

In principle all Triratna activities aim to support the awakening of the individual. In all our dealings with one another we aspire to behave in a spirit of kindness, expressing kalyanamitrata, which we translate as ‘spiritual friendship’.

Our spiritual community has been defined by its founder, Sangharakshita, as a ‘free association of individuals’. While respecting this principle, it is important that individuals in positions of trust and authority as members of Triratna do not misuse their trusted position or authority for their own benefit or to influence others inappropriately. Wishing to minimise the harm we do to living beings, we affirm that physical violence and strong expressions of anger have no place among us.

We will work within our community, and with other like-minded groups, to reduce and minimise our impact on the environment, locally and internationally. Although many of the retreatants come from outside of Spain we encourage everyone to consider taking the train, which would involve forward planning. See travel section Whilst on retreat we have a great opportunity to be able to clearly observe our impact upon the environment. This experience can bring more awareness into our daily lives where we tend to take so much for granted.

 

I undertake to abstain from taking the not given.
With open-handed generosity, I purify my body.

We wish to offer the Buddha’s teachings in a spirit of generosity, making them accessible to all. We aspire to express generosity by caring for our community and those who work and practise within it, finding ways to support those who undertake particular responsibilities in teaching and administration or serving as trustees or council members. Those who handle money or property for Akashavana will take care of them and avoid their deliberate misuse or misappropriation. If misuse is suspected, we will investigate and take action promptly.

 

I undertake to abstain from sexual misconduct.
With stillness, simplicity and contentment I purify my body.

Retreat life is an intense experience and may lead to an opening of the heart which can be experienced in these conditions of simplicity and spaciousness as a falling in love….
This could then be projected onto someone with whom we are sharing the retreat.
Should this be experienced, we would strongly suggest talking to a member of the retreat team. History shows us that talking directly with the person concerned can easily disrupt not only their retreat but everyone else’s.  In this sense it could also be seen as taking the not given.

 

I undertake to abstain from false speech.
With truthful communication, I purify my speech.

At ordination, members of the Triratna Buddhist Order undertake ten training precepts, of which four concern ethical communication, supporting our commitment to truthful, meaningful, helpful and harmonious communication, written or spoken.

We wish to create an atmosphere of friendliness, co-operation and trust. We will share information carefully, motivated by desire for the wellbeing and spiritual progress of all. We encourage ethical reflection and disclosure in our community, but are careful to emphasise that this happens in its own time and at its own pace. We note that confession may offer no protection from the law, though this may differ from country to country. Illegal activity disclosed in the context of confession may have to be reported to the relevant authorities.

 

I undertake to abstain from intoxication.
With mindfulness clear and radiant I purify my mind.

Akashavana aims to provide support for the development of wisdom and compassion through deepening awareness. We aspire to engage with our practice and with each other with as much mindfulness as possible.
Akashavana provides a supportive environment in order to live without intoxicants.

 

Sabbe satta sukhi hontu
May all beings be well and happy

 

Feb 2017

 

 

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