We encourage small steps toward living and teaching a compassionate, ethical dharma and meditation practice; one where each one of us is responsible for navigating our own wounding, injustice, and actions in the world.
✓ …a didactic course with informational videos and documentation.
✓ …the current legal and ethical definitions for the field.
✓ …a list of clear guidelines that you can follow.
✓ … taught by a renowned Buddhist teacher that can answer all your questions.
✓ …a collaborative, relational model of learning.
✓ …a chance to use reflective practice to develop your own guidelines and courses of action with the people and situations in your world.
✓ …an opportunity to speak honestly with other teachers about the grizzly inter-sangha stuff.
Reflection as an ethical safeguard:
It takes awhile to cultivate the taste for reflection. It is a different way of learning or knowing. Subtle, nuanced, complex, sophisticated (matured over time).
Transparency as an ethical safeguard:
Being transparent about our goals and biases at the front end is an ethical thing to do. Reflecting on ethics while we are talking about ethics reveals the process we are going through together.
Conversation and consultation as an ethical safeguard:
Creating a healthy and ethical learning community of dharma and meditation teachers/ participants.
We believe ethical transgressions come from our own personal hurt, wounding, insecurity in the world. It will be necessary to look at this within yourself when participating in these modules. We do not expect you to disclose what you deem private.
These modules are designed to take you through a process of ethical reflecting; reflecting on your life as a meditation and/or dharma teacher. Because they are designed to untangle some of the threads inter-woven into your ethical life, you will need to take all three together, starting with the first module.
The course will run over a three month time period. Each month you will attend two online group meetings, and most weeks you will be required to do a reflective practice of walking, talking or writing your experience.
We will emphasize individual and group processes to fine-tune your internal ethical compass. You will be exploring your own particular patterns and habits that keep you at risk for ethical misunderstandings.
We will be using the early Buddhist teachings as our dharma anchor.
✓ Read Sati Sangha’s Ethical Codes & Complaints procedure
✓ Read Sati Sangha’s Online Agreements for Participation
✓ Setup a Zoom account and familiarize yourself with our protocol and online meeting etiquette
✓ Setup a conversation with Lead Teacher and Spiritual Director for Sati Sangha
We propose a suggested donation range for this course rather than a set fee, although no one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay. Our hope is that a majority of participants will be able to pay at the middle range. If you are able to pay on the higher end, this will be very helpful and lend support these ethical teachings and allow Linda Modaro to continue her work as a dharma teacher with Sati Sangha; as well as for students who are experiencing financial challenges. If you are unable to pay at the low end of the scale, talk to Linda and we will try to work it out. By being generous in this way you help us offer these teachings to everyone regardless of their financial resources.
*Sati Sangha has been approved as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and relies solely on support and donations to continue our dharma teaching.
This course was made possible by a grant we received from Hemera Foundation for developing “Healthy Buddhist Communities". We are grateful for the opportunity to have such a relationship with them, and honor the dedication they have shown to foster good will among sanghas and support of dharma teaching.