The purpose of Kannon Do’s ethics statement is to foster a safe and supportive environment for Zen practice at the center. It addresses three areas:
1. Ethical responsibilities of all individuals in the Kannon Do practice community.
2. The special obligations of people in positions of trust and or authority.
3. Describes procedures for addressing any ethical concerns that may arise.
Item 3 is presented below.
The complete ethics statement is filed in the office at the center.
If an interpersonal conflict arises within Kannon Do, the concerned party may attempt to discuss the issue directly with the party whose conduct is questioned and may seek consultation with a trusted Sangha member or the Teacher/Abbot for guidance.
The concerned party may consult confidentially with either of the two ombuds. Ombuds can provide facilitation and support. If appropriate, they may meet with all parties, either together or separately. If a meeting with all parties and the ombuds does not resolve the issue, the ombuds – with the consent of the concerned party – may engage the services of a trained facilitator.
For more serious ethical concerns, the ombuds may provide resources for resolution and may help clarify whether a formal grievance process is appropriate.
For details of ethical grievance procedures please see the document Ethics Addendum.
Kannon Do has two Ombudspersons available to anyone who would like to meet to help resolve any ethical issue, harassment, or personal conflict that may arise. The health of our community is not measured by the presence or absence of conflict as much as by our willingness to find effective, responsible, and compassionate means of resolving interpersonal tensions.