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Ethics and Reconciliation Council


So you’re having a conflict ...
Human beings experience conflict - this is a natural part of life.

The Ethics and Reconciliation (EAR) Council reflects Zen Center’s intention to address individual and institutional conflict as it arises in our community.

When a conflict arises, you are encouraged to consult a teacher or practice leader, or talk to a peer. The EAR Council is intended to support and enhance existing processes and procedures within Zen Center in the following ways:

To listen
To be your ally
To help mediate conflicts
To provide helpful Zen Center resources
  • We are here to listen empathically and without judgment. All conversations are confidential.*
  • We can serve as your ally as you explore whether to have a difficult conversation and, if so, how.
  • We suggest appropriate channels where you might take your difficulties, questions, and concerns.
  • We are available to facilitate or mediate difficult conversations among members of the community.
The EAR Council is a committee of the Board, comprised of residents and nonresidents of Zen Center. Please feel free to contact any of the following EAR Council members, either with a particular situation you’d like to discuss, or with ideas about how we can better serve the Zen Center community.
Charlie Pokorny (chair), Gail Claspell, Grace Dammann, Lee Lipp, Qayyum Johnson, Michael McCord and David Zimmerman.

For more information about the EAR Council and contact information for its members, please call 415.863.3136.

*All conversations are confidential unless legal requirements oblige us to do otherwise.