Right relationship is central to maintaining the integrity of the mandala of Sukhasiddhi Foundation. All relationships within the mandala, whether teacher/student, student/sangha member, or student/inner guru, are sustained and nourished by loving kindness and the blessings of the lineage.
The teacher’s role is to teach students – intellectually, spiritually, energetically – and to inspire by his/her embodiment of the Dharma as both move toward enlightenment and greater service towards all beings. This multi-dimensional training strengthens and expands each student’s positive potentials and deep awareness of true nature and helps to give the courage and strength necessary to be cognizant of and thereby drop limited views and negative habits.
The student’s role is to receive the teachings and the positive influence of the teacher with maturity and openness. The student commits to developing stability in their practice, to maintaining the continuity of the training, and to honoring the vows they have taken even in the midst of emotional upheaval. The student as well as the teacher takes psychological responsibility by acknowledging projections and transference and working through them.
It requires great courage, commitment, and energy to generate and sustain the positive motivation needed to engage in profound spiritual transformation. Undoubtedly, conflict will arise within oneself, between teacher and student, and between sangha members. As practitioners of Vajrayana, we delight in bringing everything, even our disagreements, to the path and in having the opportunity to put these profound teachings into practice. Simply put, we cultivate loving kindness for all beings, including ourselves. We make our best efforts to cause no harm and we remember that all phenomenon whether our teachers, our own good qualities, or our disturbing emotions, exist as appearances of true nature, as bliss/emptiness.
Formal Grievance Procedure
A formal grievance procedure is available to members of the study and practice community of Sukhasiddhi Foundation when informal attempts at reconciliation for grievances have been exhausted or are deemed inappropriate. These procedures are especially designed to resolve situations in which someone believes that another member or a teacher has engaged in significant misconduct or unethical behavior that has not been or cannot be, adequately addressed by informal reconciliation procedures.
While reconciliation is an important goal within the Sukhasiddhi sangha, the prime purpose of the formal grievance procedure is for a decision to be rendered regarding the specific issue or complaint submitted. Most situations requiring a formal grievance procedure may not be effective for resolving the painful interpersonal issues that accompany a formal grievance. If such a resolution is desired, individuals are advised to seek psychotherapy and/or mediation privately by individuals in the community at large.