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 draw the greatest benefit from it.

  • 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 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 and scholars working under the banner of Tendai-shū in Japan and overseas.

  • CLARITY
    Each individual and group should strive to preserve the teachings in their purest form, making only the absolutely necessary adaptations. We discourage the blending of Buddhist and non-Buddhist teachings and practices.

  • 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.

  • 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. Hate and bigotry will not be tolerated.