Welcome to FPMT México
Welcome to FPMT Mexico

FPMT Ethical Policy

1.- The five lay precepts:

The five Buddhist precepts constitute the basis of the ethics of the people who are carrying out work, responsibilities or any action, on behalf of or related to the FPMT. These five basic rules are: no killing, no stealing, no sexual misconduct, no lying, and no intoxicants (no drugs, including alcohol and tobacco).

2.- Non-discrimination:

The FPMT will not discriminate in its programs, among its members, staff or programming for reasons of age, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual or affective orientation, marital status, age or functional diversity.

3- No harassment:

The FPMT is committed to promoting safe environments, where the dignity of every individual is respected. Any person who participates in an activity related to the FPMT has the right and must be free from any type of harassment. Everyone who comes into contact with the FPMT network must be treated with dignity and respect.

4- Relations:

Sexual relations between teachers and students, while the student is receiving teachings, whether in courses or retreats, are totally prohibited, and are discouraged whenever there is a Dharma teacher - student relationship. For other positions of authority, a sexual relationship is strongly discouraged in situations where there is a real or perceived imbalance of power. Likewise, no teacher or teacher, volunteer, worker or representative of a center should make any sexual advances to any participant in a course, teaching or retreat.

5- Correct word:

Those people in a position of authority should avoid gossiping or using bad words or abusive language. Listening to conversations in which others are criticized or belittled can have a negative effect on those involved in FPMT activities. Harsh and abusive words can be considered bullying.

6- Finances of the center or project:

All income and expenses of the centers affiliated with the FPMT must be accounted for according to the general accounting principles in the country. Money that has been donated for a specific Dharma project should never be used for overhead or other projects. Also, income from dharma items must be used for dharma-related purposes, not for other expenses.

7- Protection of whistleblowers:

If a person or a group of people believe that an activity or activities in the FPMT organization is illegal or contrary to the ethical policy, and they let the person in charge know, that person or people must be protected to be denounced.

Additional Policy for Registered Teachers, Interpreters, and Facilitators:

Due to the uniqueness of the teacher-student relationship, Registered Teachers, Interpreters, and Facilitators are required to abide by the following additional policy:

• Confidentiality: Teachers, Interpreters and facilitators should assume that all conversations with students are private and should not make any of them public without the student's prior consent, in any situation where students share information with a stated or unstated expectation of privacy, unless disclosure of certain information is required by law. This includes but is not limited to private interviews, but to all conversations.

• Honesty: Dharma teachers and facilitators should be honest about their qualifications and correct any misunderstandings as soon as they are made aware of them.

• Avoiding inappropriate relationships: Dharma teachers and facilitators should not engage in sexual relations with students or make any advances to this effect while the person is attending their course or retreat. Teachers and facilitators must never use or appear to use their authority or position to seek or initiate sexual relations with students, volunteers, or other participants in teachings, courses, or retreats.