Equity Statement & Community Commitments

The historical Buddha was an activist, and caused India to drop the caste system and to take giant strides in gender equality in his lifetime. In that same spirit we at Namchak believe in the equal intrinsic worth of all beings, and extend love and a warm welcome to all regardless of color, ethnicity, economic status, religion, or gender identity. While we honor the pure nature of all, we also honor the individuality of each person. As such we are committed to the ongoing pursuit of diversity, equity, and belonging.

To truly commit to living our values, we must examine where we are at today and where we want to grow as an organization in the future

Here are the initial steps that we are currently doing to become better allies and members of our communities:

  • Holding conversations within our leadership, staff and Learning Circle communities about diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Investing in anti-racism training for staff and leadership
  • Compiling resources for staff to continue learning together as a community and on our own
  • Researching other organizations who are leading in this arena and how we can best learn from their practices.

In our community we agree to:

  • Treat each other with respect and appreciation
  • Commit to words and actions of non-harm within our group interactions
  • Be inclusive of diverse opinions and backgrounds
  • Practice anti-racism in all aspects of our lives including this group setting
  • Assume good intent
  • Learn by immersing in the practices, giving them a real test drive
  • Honor a wide range of meditation experience
  • Hold everything shared in confidence
  • Be open-hearted and present
  • Act with the whole community in mind
  • Allow for equal sharing of voices (step forward/step back)

*Definition of anti-racism as we are using it above: “Anti-racism is the active process of identifying and eliminating racism by changing systems, organizational structures, policies and practices and attitudes, so that power is redistributed and shared equitably.” – NAC International Perspectives: Women and Global Solidarity