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Buddhist Healthy Boundaries Online Course (October, 2020)

A Healthy Boundaries course for Buddhist teachers. The course begins on October 12 and concludes with the last assignment due November 13, 2020.

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  • Clergy Ethics & Healthy Boundaries
When Oct 12, 2020 08:00 AM to
Nov 13, 2020 05:00 PM
Presenter Roshis Susan Myoyu Andersen, Jan Chozen Bays, Joan Hogetsu Hoeberichts
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Contact Phone 206-634-1903
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This online course is created specifically for Buddhist teachers and senior students of all lineages.

Course Dates: October 12-November 13, 2020

Instructors: Roshis Susan Myoyu Andersen, Jan Chozen Bays, Joan Hogetsu Hoeberichts

Needs-based scholarships available, thanks to a grant from Hemera Foundation. More Info here (PDF). Apply ASAP!


Course Details:

The course begins on October 12 and concludes with the last assignment due November 13, 2020. Weekly feedback between the instructors and students, along with online discussions with fellow classmates provide each student with an interactive and enriching learning environment.

Through the forum topic discussion, weekly assignments, video curriculum and lectures, you will gain and share knowledge and resources needed to understand the fundamentals and best practices around healthy and appropriate boundaries in spiritual teacher/student relationship; the impact of appropriate vs. inappropriate boundaries in promoting effective teaching; and guidelines for developing appropriate boundaries and necessary self-care strategies.

This updated course offers new material and three live online group discussions with the instructors via Zoom. These calls will take place on October 13, October 26, and November 13 at 8 am PT /11 am ET / 5 pm CET. The conversations will be recorded for students who can't attend the live sessions.

Who Should Take This Course:
This course was created for those in positions of leadership/authority and who act as spiritual teachers or advisors to people in their community.

  • You have received formal authorization or transmission in your Buddhist lineage to teach the Dharma; OR
  • You teach under the auspices of a senior/authorized teacher, (i.e. people look to you for spiritual guidance and education); OR
  • You hold a position of spiritual authority or leadership within your sangha/community (i.e. you teach meditation, give practice advice, and Dharma talks)

Learning Objectives:
As a result of this course, participants will:

  • Establish an informed and ethical foundation for an understanding of healthy boundaries
  • Understand the importance of an awareness of power and vulnerability within teaching relationships
  • Examine dating, friendships and dual relationships and the challenges therein
  • Examine transference and touch boundaries in teaching relationships
  • Consider best practices of responding to misconduct by spiritual teachers
  • Consider the importance of self-care and peer support as preventive measures

Course Structure:
The course consists of an initial live session during Week I and then five consecutive weeks of sessions that can be viewed on-demand self-paced, and a final writing assignment:

Week I: Introduction; Boundary Violations

Week II: Power, Abuse of Power, Transference, and Vulnerability

Week III: Clergy Sexual Misconduct

Week IV: Impact on Victims and Sanghas

Week V: Prevention & Self-Care

Fees and Registration: $300.00 USD

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Download the information flier about the course.

Scholarships are available for White Plum teachers who require financial assistance. Please email for more information.

Those who receive a scholarship will need to register by contacting FaithTrust Institute at rather than this online registration site.

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