PURPOSE AND HISTORY OF THE UPAYA COUNCIL
In the Spring of 1979, Vajracarya the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche issued a formal written command in the form of a “Memorial,” establishing the Upaya Council:
“The necessary and welcome economic growth within our Sangha, in the form of business operations and commercial and domestic investments, has brought along as a by—product an increasing frequency of disagreements and disputes. There is a need for our society to provide resources for the sane, nonagressive resolution of such conflicts in keeping with the principles of Dharma and the Great Eastern Sun. Accordingly I have decided to institute and appoint the Upaya Council. The function of the Upaya Council shall be to mediate and/or arbitrate commercial and domestic disputes among members of the Vajradhatu community, as individuals, groups, or businesses. It shall be the initial task of the Upaya Council to propose to me and my Privy Council a set of guidelines under which it shall operate. There shall be no internal hierarchy within the Upaya Council and each member shall have an equal voice; the findings of the Council shall be arrived at by unanimous consent.”
~ Vajracarya the Venerable, Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, Spring, 1979.
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