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 ethical issue arises within Kannon Do, the concerned party should attempt to discuss the issue directly with the party whose conduct is questioned.
If that party is unwilling to meet, or if they cannot resolve the issue, the concerned individual should consult the abbot for guidance.
As an alternative, the concerned party should consult with either of the two ombudsmen who will then meet with all parties, either together or separately. If a meeting with all parties and the ombudsmen does not resolve the issue, the ombudsmen – with the consent of the concerned party – may engage the services of a trained facilitator . In the event that both ombudsmen are unavailable or are not comfortable contacts, the concerned party should consult with the abbot or a trusted friend.
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.