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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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All are welcome at PIMC.

Grounded in the teachings of the Buddha and aspiring to help all awaken to freedom, PIMC is a community that:

  • Trusts in the Dharma, the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path to help us create a fully inclusive sangha.

  • Aspires to act with compassion and to skillfully address the roots of suffering embedded in our views. 

  • Promotes the inclusion and participation of all people, including those of all races, ethnicities, cultures, sexual and affectional orientations, gender identities, classes, religions, abilities, and ages.

  • Undertakes to dismantle all forms of institutionalized and systemic oppression within our community and within ourselves. 

  • Acknowledges the racist history of the state of Oregon and the City of Portland, knowing that we must be consistently affirming, compassionate, and open to people who have faced generations of discrimination, oppression rooted in the violence of racism, and may not feel safe in rooms where most of the people are white. 

  • Continually strives to create authentic, nonjudgmental, inclusive, and respectful community relationships.

 

Creating the inclusive community we desire will require the support and commitment of each sangha member. Through mindfulness and lovingkindness, we work with intention to ensure that all feel welcome, safe, and respected within our community. We recognize that this work is complex and requires continuous learning as we listen to and act upon the needs expressed by those in non-dominant cultures and identities. Leadership accepts the responsibility to set the tone and develop policies and practices to promote full inclusion.

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