The Alliance for Buddhist Ethics (ABE) is a community of people who care about the future of Buddhism. We know that if unethical behaviour remains unchallenged in our communities, the integrity of Buddhism will be harmed and the power to make a positive difference in our complex modern world will be diminished.
We acknowledge that harm has been done by people in positions of power within Buddhism. In some cases, teachings have been misconstrued in order to justify abuse. Because of this, some practitioners – including lay, ordained, and monastic – have been harmed. We acknowledge our shared grief and our responsibility to take action.
ABE is focused on making positive change.
Our members include abuse survivors, supporters, advocates, academics, ordained Sangha, Buddhist teachers and leaders from across traditions. Anyone with an interest in working towards making change for the better is most welcome to join.
The more members we have, the greater will be our power to affect change. So if you share our aims, please join us. You can be involved in our initiatives at whatever level you wish – following whats happening, sharing on social media, providing feedback and suggestions, getting involved in research, funding, or project management.
Right now we could use people who can translate the Oath Against Harm in the Practice of the Dharma into languages other than English — including Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, and Tibetan — or into other languages. Please email us or go to the contact page if you can help. The English language version can be downloaded here.