Ethics Guidelines for Berkeley Zen Center
Adopted October 1,2006 by the BZC Board

"To avoid all harm, to cultivate good, and to purify the mind. This is the teaching of the Buddhas."
The Dhammapada


The intimacy of Zen practice, teachers and students, dharma friend and
dharma friend, is a source of great joy in the Berkeley Zen Center sangha.
The Bodhisattva Precepts serve as our guide along the path of right speech,
right conduct, and relationships. Practice is based on trust, safety, respect,
and true communication. The sangha jewel is formed of such relationships.
We offer the following to nurture an atmosphere where people can practice
without fear or distraction, where dharma comes first.

We acknowledge that difficulties may arise among members related to power differentials. Differences of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and
physical disability require particular awareness and sensitivity. The attached document provides the broad principles for how this sangha integrates the
precepts in coping with conflicts and ethical issues.

Ethics Guidelines for Berkeley Zen Center , provides more detail
and specific guidance.