On the first day of the 16th Sakyadhita International Association for Buddhist Women’s Conference in Australia in 2019, participants listened to talks given by women – lay and monastic – who had been spiritually, physically, emotionally or sexually abused while in Buddhist community. One of these talks was featured in Tricycle – “This is Abuse”. These talks facilitated an awareness of the issue among Sakyadhita members that converged into a shared resolve to address abuse within Buddhism. After networking between the foundation members, the creation of the Alliance for Buddhist Ethics was announced on the last evening of the conference.
Our broad goal is to promote ethical behaviour in Buddhist communities for a future in which the Dharma may flourish with integrity. Rather than working on the symptoms of the problem, we aim to undermine the root of it by encouraging cultural change through education and advocacy, and by galvanising people from across Buddhist traditions around this issue. We hope that ABE will become a force for positive change in the Buddhist world.
Who are we?
As of March 2020 we have over 500 members from around 45 countries. Anyone with an interest is warmly invited to join us. The Founders were members of the Sakyadhita International Association for Buddhist Women; however anyone regardless of gender identity or membership of Sakyadhita is most welcome.
What does membership entail?
Alliance members will be kept informed via occasional emails. They have the opportunity to provide feedback, ideas and assist in projects at various levels.