Ethical Framework

Spiritual growth in Buddhist practice in the modern world takes a wide variety of forms, drawing from traditional Asian models, traditional and contemporary models from Christianity and Judaism, modern psychological and educational models and any number of professional or business models. Much may be learned from all these sources. An additional model, one that has been less explored but may be more suitable, is art, that is, what happens in the teaching of music, dance, painting or poetry. Despite all these models, the teaching of spiritual practice in the form that Unfettered Mind has pioneered must find its own ethical form.

Ethics in Buddhism is generally descriptive, not prescriptive. In the domain of spiritual development, which is explicitly concerned with the individual’s growth in an understanding and compassion that go beyond social convention, a prescription of behaviors in terms of contemporary norms is not appropriate. Instead, what is presented here is a response to a question: how might those drawn to spiritual growth, whether teacher, student, donor or follower, approach their interactions? It is a condensation of reflections from three sources: various traditions of Buddhism, experience garnered over the past twenty-five years and a variety of models, including those mentioned above.

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