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Buddhist Healthy Boundaries 101 Online Course for Teachers (October, 2020)
Buddhist Healthy Boundaries 101 Online Course for Teachers (October, 2020)

Buddhist Healthy Boundaries 101 Online Course for Teachers (October, 2020)

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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

Roshis Susan Myoyu Andersen & Jan Chozen Bays, Patrick Bansho Green

NOTE: If you are registering on behalf of someone else, please leave a message on the checkout page with the student's name, email address, and contact information so they receive emails and the course books.


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 online meetings will take place on October 12, October 26, and November 13 at 8:00 am PT/ 11:00 am ET. 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 have students of your own and you teach independently; 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

    Please note that the topics in the course can be challenging, particularly for those who have experienced abuse or misconduct within their spiritual communities. We strongly recommend that all participants have a strong support system.

    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 

    Registration refund Information:  We will refund your registration fee if your plans change, however we require the following processing fees:

    • Before October 12: $25 non-refundable administrative fee
    • After October 12: $125 non-refundable administrative fee

    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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