This agreement applies to all staff, long term residents, and living dharma volunteers.
- Be inclusive.
We welcome and support people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to members of any sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, social and economic class, educational level, color, immigration status, sex, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.
- Be considerate.
We all depend on each other to produce the best effort and intention we can. Your decisions will affect guests and colleagues, and you should take those consequences into account when making decisions.
- Be respectful.
We will not all agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for disrespectful behavior. We will all experience frustration from time to time, but we cannot allow that frustration transform into personal attacks of others. An environment where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive, spiritual, or creative one.
- Choose your words carefully.
Always conduct yourself professionally. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down others or engage in unnecessary gossip or discursive speech. Harassment and exclusionary behavior are not acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to:
-Threats of violence
-Discriminatory jokes and language
-Negative Speech about Tara Mandala or the Buddha Dharma
-Sharing sexually explicit or violent material via electronic devices or other means
-Personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms
-Unwelcome sexual attention
-Staff and Living Dharma Volunteer sexual or intimate relationships
- Don’t harass.
In general, if someone asks you to stop treating or talking to them in a manner they feel is harassing in nature, then stop. When we disagree, try to understand why. Differences of opinion and disagreements are normal. What is important is that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively and kindly.Unlawful, sexual harassment will not be tolerated at Tara Mandala and is defined as:
-Unwelcome sexual advances or unwanted touch
-Requests for sexual favors
-Other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with his/her work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environmentAnyone who is found to be engaging in harassing conduct will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination, and immediate removal from the land. We request that staff/residents do not engage in sexual activity with retreatants and volunteers. Likewise, volunteers should abstain from involvement with staff or retreatants.
- Make differences into strengths.
We can find strength in diversity. Different people have different perspectives on issues and that can be valuable for solving problems or generating new ideas. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint doesn’t mean that they’re wrong. Don’t forget that we all make mistakes and blaming each other doesn’t get us anywhere. Instead, focus on resolving issues and learning from mistakes.
- Be mindful and present.
We are being asked to work on our minds and with our emotions, and in doing so we are agreeing to abstain from Drugs and Alcohol. Having a clear mind is central to this pursuit. If one or more of these codes of ethics are broken, Tara Mandala reserves the right to take performance action that is commensurate with the offense, up to and including termination.
Alcohol: At Tsog (feast offering ceremony) gatherings there will be a small amount of alcohol offered. If you choose to take in the substance, please do so mindfully and respectful of those who abstain. Please refrain from being intoxicated on the land.
Drugs: We do not tolerate smoking on the land, including but not limited to cigarettes and marijuana. Any possession, use or sale of illegal drugs is prohibited.