Board Code of Ethics

A core aspect of the Buddha's teaching is the importance of living by certain ethical guidelines. Ethical guidelines help build the foundation that nurture a spiritual life built on mindfulness, respect, and caring for the relationships around us. For the Board of Directors, these guidelines, known as the Five Precepts, form an integral part of daily life and our service for the community. All Board members practice these precepts. This helps ensure an environment of safety, refuge and non-harming for all who come to Flagstaff Insight Meditation Community.

The Five Precepts

The Board of Directors have agreed to undertake the training:

1. To practice compassionate action —

to refrain from harming any living, sentient beings.

Pāṇātipātā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.

2. To practice contentment —

to refrain from taking what is not freely given. To not steal or 'borrow' without the consent of the giver; to accept what is offered and not try to change it or get more.

Adinnādānā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.

3. To practice responsibility in all our relationships —

including refraining from misusing sexual energy.

Kāmesu micchācāra veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.

4. To refrain from harmful speech —

not to lie, gossip or use harsh or hurtful language.

Musā vādā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.

5. To care for ourselves —

to refrain from clouding the mind and harming the body through the misuse of alcohol, drugs and other intoxicants.

Surā meraya majja pamādaṭṭhānā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.
Buddhist scroll