Restorative Justice Framework

Restorative Practice for Dharma Practitioners: A Living Framework

Developed by Restorative Practices for Dharma Practitioners Sangha at East Bay Meditation Center

 

 

   

Criminal (in)Justice Retributive Practices

 

Restorative Justice/ Transformative Justice Circle Practices

Mindfulness/Dharma Practice

(Restorative Practice for Dharma Practitioners)

 

Main players

 

Victim Perpetrator

 

One who was harmed One that harmed

 

Harm itself Harm is arising.

 

Who holds power

 

Judge, Jury, Prosecutor

 

Community

 

Buddha, Dharma, Sangha

 

Role of the   people involved

 

Perpetrator is central.

Victims are peripheral

 

Harmed person is central.

Community includes those harmed and the person who harmed. Community takes care of one another

 

Be present with the harm. Recognize causes and conditions.

Cultivate interdependent relationships with all involved. Offer healing for the whole.

 

Values

 

Objectivity

 

Invites self-empowerment and community agency.

 

Seeks to prevent additional suffering. Practices Four Noble Truths, Brahma Viharas, Precepts.

 

Time

 

Focus on the past

 

Focus on the future

 

Focus on the present

 

Accountability

 

Perpetrator is punished for their actions.

 

In effort to restore balance and harmony, person who harmed takes action to repair harm to the person(s) harmed and/or the community as a whole.

 

The Sangha recognizes and takes action towards collective healing knowing that we have all harmed and have been harmed. The Sangha practices mindfulness with the harm as it arises.

If you’ve come to help me, you are wasting my time.

If you’ve come because your liberation is bound with mine, let us work together.

-Lilla Watson

Please Note: The last two columns (Restorative Justice and Mindfulness Practice) are not exclusive.  Instead, they are interdependent and inform each other.

Also please note that Restorative Justice Process may not work around issues of sexual abuse.

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