Triratna Safeguarding
Triratna Safeguarding

2020 with the ECA Safeguarding team

By ECA Safeguarding on Fri, 9 Apr, 2021 - 16:01

2020 with the ECA Safeguarding team

By ECA Safeguarding on Fri, 9 Apr, 2021 - 16:01

Despite Triratna centres being mostly closed since March 2020 because of the pandemic, the work of the ECA’s Safeguarding team has continued. Here’s a short account of our work.

Since 2016 the Safeguarding team has provided a central place to report ethical concerns. We can be found in the Triratna section of the dropdown menu on the home page of The Buddhist Centre Online at www.thebuddhistcentre.com - or just by searching ‘safeguarding’ on TBCO.

Alongside continuing work on some historical...

College of Public Preceptors
College of Public Preceptors

Eight Guidelines | Ethical Practice

By akasajoti on Sun, 28 Mar, 2021 - 13:38

Eight Guidelines | Ethical Practice

By akasajoti on Sun, 28 Mar, 2021 - 13:38

Maitripala, from Melbourne, Australia, and Santavajri from the UK, discuss the theme of Ethical Practice, covering aspects of sensitivity, remorse and confession, in the second in a series of informal, personal, conversations between Public Preceptors about the Eight Guidelines for Ordination Training.

The Eight Guidelines offer a framework through which Order Members and Mitras can reflect on and communicate about their going for refuge and process of training for Ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order. In this series, members of the...

Triratna Resources
Triratna Resources

Triratna Model Safeguarding Policies and Ethical Guidelines 2021

By ECA Safeguarding on Thu, 11 Mar, 2021 - 09:55

Here are the Triratna Model Safeguarding policies and Ethical Guidelines 2021, which replace any model documents not dated 2021 - as well as two updated guidance documents.

Triratna Model Safeguarding Policies and Ethical Guidelines 2021

  1. Triratna worldwide general advice on Safeguarding 2021 (These are introductory notes, not a policy.)
  2. The Triratna Model Child Protection policy 2021
  3. The Triratna Model Child Protection Code of Conduct 2021
  4. The Triratna Model Safeguarding Adults Policy 2021
  5. The Triratna Model Ethical Guidelines 2021

These model documents are public. Once you have updated your own policies (and your council has adopted them) it’s a good idea to put them on your website, perhaps under the heading ‘About us’, or ‘Our values’.

There are two...

European Chairs' Assembly
European Chairs' Assembly

Triratna Model Safeguarding Policies and Ethical Guidelines 2021

By ECA Safeguarding on Wed, 10 Mar, 2021 - 13:57

Triratna Model Safeguarding Policies and Ethical Guidelines 2021

By ECA Safeguarding on Wed, 10 Mar, 2021 - 13:57

The ECA’s Safeguarding team is happy to present the latest versions of Triratna’s Model Safeguarding Policies and Ethical Guidelines, updated for 2021.

See the policies and guidelines and read all about Safeguarding in Triratna on the dedicated Triratna Safeguarding page.

Triratna Safeguarding
Triratna Safeguarding

Triratna Model Safeguarding Policies and Ethical Guidelines 2021

By ECA Safeguarding on Wed, 10 Mar, 2021 - 13:24

Here are Triratna’s model Ethical guidelines and policies for Safeguarding children and adults, updated for 2021 by Triratna’s ECA Safeguarding team.

(See below for more information on Safeguarding, the Safeguarding team, the Ethics Kula and the difference between Safeguarding matters and Matters of Order conduct.)

Safeguarding and ethical policies and procedures are a practical expression of ahimsa, non-harming, the value underlying Buddhist precepts and the Bodhisattva activity of protecting living beings from harm.

The model Ethical guidelines (first published in 2015 on the initiative of Triratna’s International Council) are an...

Triratna Safeguarding
Triratna Safeguarding

England and Wales: bill to make sex between faith leaders and 16-17 year olds an offence

By ECA Safeguarding on Tue, 9 Mar, 2021 - 17:00

England and Wales: bill to make sex between faith leaders and 16-17 year olds an offence

By ECA Safeguarding on Tue, 9 Mar, 2021 - 17:00

Under a bill announced today, faith leaders who have sexual relations with 16 and 17-year-olds in their care will be breaking the law under new legislation planned for England and Wales. This would apply to Order members who teach or have any other involvement with 16-17 year-olds in the context of Triratna activities, or any other context where they are acting as Order members.

The age of consent is 16, yet a person remains legally a child until 18. ‘Position of Trust’ law already...

Free Buddhist Audio
Free Buddhist Audio

FBA Podcast: Lightning Flashes From the Realm of Pure Beauty

By Sadayasihi on Sat, 19 Dec, 2020 - 06:00

In this talk Padmavajra contemplates Beauty in different areas of Dharma life, including the beauty of people, of ethics, of friendship, community and ‘institutions’, and of wisdom. He also looks at the relationship between metta, formless beauty and the yidam, as well as knowing what beauty really is and ‘the pregnant man’.

This talk was given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre during the Spring Short Order retreat in March 2019.

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Triratna Safeguarding
Triratna Safeguarding

Learning from the FPMT in the case of Dagri Rinpoche

By ECA Safeguarding on Thu, 17 Dec, 2020 - 16:50

Learning from the FPMT in the case of Dagri Rinpoche

By ECA Safeguarding on Thu, 17 Dec, 2020 - 16:50

Post updated 11th February 2021; see final paragraph.

November saw the publication within the Tibetan tradition FPMT (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana) of a report on allegations of sexual assault carried out by Dagri Rinpoche. Dagri Rinpoche is not a member of FPMT, but is a visiting teacher ordained in the same lineage.

Whenever such reports are published, the ECA’s Safeguarding team looks carefully to see what we in Triratna can learn from others’ experience. In the spirit of...

Triratna Safeguarding
Triratna Safeguarding

Learning from the Catholic Church

By ECA Safeguarding on Mon, 14 Dec, 2020 - 14:35

Learning from the Catholic Church

By ECA Safeguarding on Mon, 14 Dec, 2020 - 14:35

Following October’s release of a report on failures in preventing addressing child sexual abuse in the Anglican Church in England and Wales, November saw the publication of a 123-page report on similar failures in the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

NB: ‘Child sexual abuse’ includes the ‘non-contact’ offences of viewing, possessing or producing indecent images of children.

Whenever such reports are published,  we at the ECA’s Safeguarding team look carefully to see what we can learn. We’ll list...

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