Tergar International has a Code of Conduct to help guide our Tergar community. It asks us to engage others with kindness, respect, and integrity, and to bring awareness and a genuine sense of cooperation to our interactions with one another. It also includes guidelines for how to deal with ethical violations, should they occur within our community.
If there are concerns, please contact Emilda Rahim, Tim Olmsted and Eliza Cheung at [email protected].
Code of Conduct
In 2008, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche founded Tergar Meditation Community (Tergar) to help people of all cultures and faiths realize their potential to flourish as individuals and live in harmony with others. Tergar teaches practices that cultivate awareness, compassion and wisdom, and supports a diverse, international community of practitioners.
The Tergar Meditation Community includes thousands of individuals worldwide, including participants, workers (both paid and volunteer) and donors. For this vibrant community to flourish, Mingyur Rinpoche calls us all to abide by the highest standards of care, respect, ethics,and the law. Therefore, as individuals and as a community, we commit to:
- Avoid harming others. Work for the welfare of all. Treat all with respect.
- Support each other with friendliness and kindness, keeping in mind our shared purpose.
- Bring our unique perspective and talents to the community and appreciate others’.
- Work together in cooperative, appreciative, and transparent teams.
- Listen respectfully, tell the truth, and speak with kindness and tact.
- Identify and reduce barriers for individual and/or group participation.
- Resolve differences constructively and courteously, asking for help when needed.
- Keep everyone safe.
- Use Tergar resources responsibly, and avoid personal conflicts of interest.
- Identify and interrupt harassment of any kind.
- Ask for a copy of Tergar policies or procedures when we have questions.
The commitment to this Code of Conduct is our shared responsibility.
Harassment and abuse of any kind are unacceptable in the Tergar community. This pertains to Tergar community activities, as well as the Tergar work environment. Unacceptable behavior may be verbal, emotional, physical or sexual behavior that is acted out, or behavior that is suggestive or threatening in any way.
Questions, inquiries, and interpretations are welcome and encouraged and may be addressed to the Executive Director/s, a Tergar Instructor, or the Chair of the Board. Anyone with knowledge concerning any suspected violation of this code or any activity that could damage Tergar’s reputation is encouraged to report this information immediately to these individuals. Or send your inquiries to [email protected]. They will respond to any concerns brought to their attention and will make every effort to protect the confidentiality of those reporting this information.
Everyone who works on behalf of Tergar – either paid or as a volunteer – must complete an annual acknowledgement of this Code of Conduct.
To download a copy of the Tergar Code of Conduct click here.