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Milarepa Buddhist Center
Aspirations on Diversity, Accessibility and Compassionate Conduct

The teachings held by the Buddha and the Drikung Kagyu lineage challenge us as individuals to recognize and dissolve barriers that separate us from others. As a community of practitioners, we strongly encourage understanding of and respect for the basic goodness inherent in all individuals, social groups and cultures.

At this center, we are committed to the teachings of our lineages, to the practice of meditation and meditation-in-action, and to genuine communication. As part of our intention to create enlightened society, these also help us gain insight into others’ realities, appreciate diversity and work with conflict. We strive to foster a welcoming atmosphere free of prejudice and to develop an inclusive and enlightened society with facilities fully accessible to all persons.

Everyone is welcome at our Center regardless of religion, spiritual tradition or teachers, path of practice, opinions, class, nationality, culture, ethnicity, race, language, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or physical, perceptual or mental abilities.

Our center is committed to creating a practice, study, and work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. In addition to being bound individually and as a community to basic Buddhist standards of conduct, we are also citizens of the larger societies in which our centers are located worldwide and, therefore, must abide by public laws. These include, but are not limited to, laws pertaining to alcohol, drugs and sexual conduct.

Each individual has the right to practice, study and work in an atmosphere that is free from discrimination. As with all intentions, personal or collective, these aspirations chart our way forward, and it is our mutual responsibility to work together with each other to respect them.

If any individual wishes to make recommendations to the Milarepa Buddhist Center, or is concerned that the actions of a member of the center, including any of its office holders, may not have been in accordance with these aspirations, please contact the President of the Board, or any appropriate person in the local leadership. If your complaint is about the President of the Board, please contact another Board member.