OUR VALUES

This website is the result of the harmonious cooperation among ordained practitioners of Tendai Buddhism in Europe. It does not represent a centralised authority and there is no intention of exercising any kind of control over affiliated groups and individuals.

In order to preserve the independent and democratic character of our initiative, we expect that those who wish to cooperate will also agree with the following principles:

  • ECUMENISM
    We reject artificial barriers between the various practitioners and schools of Buddhism, and encourage sincere seekers to delve into this rich heritage without discrimination, so that they can truly find what is beneficial for their practice and spiritual attainment.

  • DISCIPLINE
    Both ordained and lay practitioners should strive to live in accordance with the ethical precepts of Buddhism for their benefit and the benefit of all sentient beings.

  • ACCOUNTABILITY
    We practise the Dharma, share the teachings of the Buddha and organise our communities under the authority and guidance of our teachers; eminent priests, scholars and abbots working under the banner of Tendai-shū in Japan and Overseas. As part of a tradition which places great emphasis on discipleship, we strive to act with respect to the lineage and the wish of our teachers. All members of this initiative are expected to conform with traditional rules and our core values, and maintain a healthy link with an authorised master of the Dharma.

  • CLARITY
    Each individual and group should strive to preserve the teachings in the purest form possible, making the necessary cultural adaptations, so that they can be of true benefit. We discourage the blending of Buddhist and non-Buddhist teachings and practices. We also discourage blending activities during for-profit events promoting arts and disciplines without an explicit link with the Dharma. This is not meant to exclude individuals who undertake such practices for their personal spiritual and physical well-being.

  • ACCESSIBILITY
    We discourage the charging of fees for sharing the teachings and practices of Buddhism, and the practice of enforcing set donations. Generosity is a virtue which might lead to acts of will depending on the capacities of the individual. Nobody must feel excluded from Buddhist activities for not being able or willing to financially contribute.

  • INCLUSIVITY
    Differing views, identities, and experiences are welcome. We will not reject a disciple or associate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, physical condition or religious background. Individuals who choose to disparage other vehicles, teachings, or practices of the Buddha, and put down groups or individuals will not be tolerated.