THE CONSTITUTION OF
THE ZEN THEOSOPHY SOCIETY
WHEREAS the Founding Members wish to establish a society (the “Society”) for the pursuit of methods of critical thinking;
AND WHEREAS it is the Founding Members’ wish that in the Society these methods of critical thinking be free of all preconceptions and cultural conditioning from all sources: including societal and religious;
AND WHEREAS the Society’s mandate is to investigate and examine all sources — including, but not limited to, scientific, philosophical, and religious — and to develop methods for finding the timeless truths, as did great creative thinkers of the past;
AND WHEREAS it is the Society’s wish to prevent academic distortions of philosophy, the theoretical investigations will be balanced by practical exercises;
AND WHEREAS the Society is dedicated to showing that there need be no contradiction between spiritual philosophy and science;
NOW THEREFORE, the Founding Members do ordain, mandate and establish the following as the Constitution for the Society:
NAME OF THE SOCIETY
The name of the Society shall be “The Zen Theosophy Society”.
OBJECT OF THE SOCIETY
The object of The Zen Theosophy Society shall be to inspire the quest for inner truth from all sources, and to find both a common ground and diverse means for all to share in.
The Mission Statement of the Society shall be:
We hold nothing sacred except the course of social compassion.
FOUNDING PRINCIPLES OF THE SOCIETY
The founding principles of the Society are:
The test of a belief or a practice shall be: Does it make us more compassionate?
DEVELOPMENT OF WISDOM
A commitment to acquiring discrimination in order to discern between the superficial and the timeless.
A commitment to continuous searching: never being content, always questioning, doubting and verifying against personal experience.
NO FIXED DOCTRINE
The ultimate Truth can never be known, but better and fuller expressions of the truth can be glimpsed by tireless investigation.
Instruction in disciplined inquiry by study and practice.
The first and second by-laws of the Society are Appended hereto.