A Refuge for All
We are committed to providing a spiritual refuge for all who seek freedom of mind and heart. We do our best to ensure that everyone who comes here feels truly welcome, respected, and safe, whatever their age, race, ethnicity, sex (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, body type, disability, religion, or political viewpoint. We recognize this is ongoing work and invite you to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions and feedback as to how we can more fully embody our aspiration to be a refuge for all.
Acknowledgment of the Nipmuc People
We respectfully acknowledge the Nipmuc people, who for generations stewarded the land on which the Center now stands.
Honoring the Asian Heritage of the Dharma
We honor the Asian lineage of the teachings shared at BCBS and those who have nurtured and shared these teachings for thousands of years, named and unnamed.
Female Ordination Statement
Traditionally, a Buddhist community has four parts, or assemblies: male and female, monastic and lay. Until recently, however, one of these four assemblies, fully ordained female monastics, has often been missing. Only the Dharmaguptaka Vinaya traditions of China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam have an unbroken lineage of fully ordained female monastics. In the Tibetan traditions, following the Mulasarvastivada Vinaya, there never was an order of fully ordained female monastics. In the Theravada tradition, the orders of fully ordained female monastics ceased to exist during the political turmoil of the early 11th century in Sri Lanka. In both Theravada and Tibetan traditions, full female ordination has now been established. In recognition of the importance of according equal opportunities for women and the need to avoid any type of discrimination, BCBS supports the full ordination of women, their training and education, and their ongoing work as teachers.