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Our Policies

Offering Service

We offer service to the center with a mind of generosity wishing to benefit others in the best way possible. Offering service is all about motivation. When offering service, we put the needs of others first. This is the path of bodhisattvas. There are two main types of volunteer opportunities available: Regular Service and Occasional Volunteers.

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We are an inclusive community grounded in the wisdom and compassion of the Buddhadharma. Shantideva Center does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations.

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Disciplinary Policy

Our disciplinary policy ensures that unacceptable conduct is addressed promptly and appropriately. It applies to teachers, Sangha, employees, volunteers, and members, so that all who come into contact with Shantideva Center experience a safe and ethical environment. The policy enumerates the principles behind it, procedures for disciplinary action, and examples of misconduct.

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Dorje Shugden (Dolgyal)

Shantideva Center follows the instructions from the FPMT and his Holiness the Dalai Lama that this practice not be done by their students. We request that our students not engage in the practice of Shugden and that those who do perform this practice not attend center events. Shantideva Center teachers and staff should not attend teachings by teachers who are known Shugden practitioners.

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Grievance Procedure

As a spiritual home with equal compassion for all, our center cultivates mutual respect amongst all. The grievance procedure is offered as a mechanism for students and volunteers to address concerns regarding the conduct of other students, volunteers, teachers, leadership, or center policies. These procedures seek to create a path to resolution consistent with our core values of non-harm, compassion, and accountability.

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FPMT Ethical Policy

We abide by FPMT’s ethical policy, which includes the five lay precepts, non-discrimination, non-harassment, relationship propriety, right speech, financial accounting, and whistleblower protection. Registered teachers, class leaders and interpreters have additional policies around confidentiality, honesty, and relationship propriety.

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Code of Conduct

The five lay precepts are the grounding principles of conduct at Shantideva Center. These guidelines helps us to calm our minds and live in harmony with all beings. While on the premises or engaged in any activity related to the center, all staff, teachers, facilitators, students, and volunteers must agree to: respect life, respect others’ property, not engage in sexual behavior, speak truthfully, and not use intoxicants.

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