Code of Conduct
The mission of The Meditation Center (Center) is to offer yoga training, guidance, and education to assist everyone in fostering their own personal spiritual development. As such, the Center has adopted the following practical Code of Conduct and Policies. Anyone violating any of these policies will be asked to leave.
Drugs, Tobacco, Alcohol, and other Mind-Altering Substances
There might be some in our community who drink alcohol, smoke, or take other mind-altering substances, and in some US states, marijuana is legal as well. The Center does not judge or prohibit any behaviors outside of the Center. However, while on Center properties, and while completing meditational and other practices, the Center expects everyone to have a clear mind and not to be under the influence of any mind-altering substances.
Weapons and Firearms
The mission of the Center is to help people find inner peace and enlightenment while fostering loving relationships. Ahimsa is a core yoga concept, inspired by the premise that all living beings have the spark of the divine spiritual energy; therefore, to hurt another being, is to hurt oneself. This is incompatible with carrying weapons and firearms. Therefore, the Center prohibits bringing any types of weapons or firearms onto Center properties at any time.
Sexual Harassment or other Threatening Behaviors
There are many forms of harassment from very subtle to not so subtle. Whether you are a teacher or member of the community it is important to be aware of how one’s behavior is affecting another, especially when one is in a position of authority or power. The Center will not tolerate any kind of harassment towards anyone at the Center. Unwanted touching, conversation, or any kind of inappropriate behavior is unacceptable and not allowed. The Center has adopted a zero tolerance policy towards any kind of sexual or other behavioral harassment.
Teacher and Student Relationships
The Center does not tolerate exploitative relationships of any kind between our teachers and their students, sexual, financial, or in any other way. In regard to sexual misconduct and in the context of a teaching relationship there is an inescapable power differential between a teacher or spiritual guide and a student or disciple which makes it almost impossible for there to be true consent to sexual interactions. Sexual relationships between students and teachers are therefore strongly discouraged. Concerns about any teacher certified by AHYMSIN should be directed to the Spiritual Committee or to our principal spiritual guide, Swami Ritavan Bharati or his successor.
Please be sensitive and understanding of all people and practice the main precept of yoga, Ahimsa
Adopted by The Meditation Center Board – February 2020