Please join us at the Science and Nonduality Conference on October 27 for a panel discussion on Ethics and Spiritual Teaching. The Science and Nonduality Conference this year runs from October 24 – 28, 2018. Jac O’Keeffe, Craig Holliday and Caverly Morgan will be discussing the topic of Ethics and Spiritual Teaching with Rick Archer moderating.
December 20, 2018 UPDATE: watch the panel discussion video here:
Date: October 27, 2018
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Hayes Ballroom, Dolce Hayes Mansion
200 Edenvale Ave.
San Jose, CA 95136
We are witnessing a sea change in collective consciousness. From entertainment to politics to athletics, sexual misconduct is no longer tolerated. Sexual and other forms of abuse have also plagued the spiritual world which the SAND family inhabits. While actors and politicians might not be expected to have developed high moral values, most people expect spiritually awakened people to have done so. Contrary examples have led many to conclude that higher consciousness and ethical behavior are not correlated. Some have become cynical about the motives of all gurus and teachers and have lost faith in spirituality altogether. Yet, every spiritual tradition includes codes of ethics that apply to both teachers and students. Ethical behavior has been regarded not only as a reflection of spiritual development but as conducive to it. Unlike the legal, medical, psychological, and other professions, spiritual teachers lack a shared code of ethics and an organization to formalize them. At this writing, the members of this panel have made significant progress in drafting such a code. By conference time, we hope to have established an organization (found at https://www.spiritual-integrity.org – this very website) which would offer the following:
- Teacher membership would imply trustworthiness, as it would be predicated upon agreeing to the code of ethics.
- Teachers would be encouraged to be more open to feedback, transparent, and accountable.
- Students would be emboldened to expect high moral standards in teachers and might become more discriminating in choosing a teacher.