An Olive Branch

An Olive Branch strengthens organizations by helping leaders understand the role of conflict in organizational health.

  • To proactively address conflict, we offer dispute resolution training and help organization design ethical governance procedures.
  • To respond in the midst of disruptive conflict, we provide organizations with processes for healing and restoring harmony.

An Olive Branch brings the calming influence of a neutral third party, inspired by the tradition of Buddhist teaching that stretches over 2500 years.

Free Webinar Series on
Ethics in American Buddhist Groups

The Issue
Buddhist groups in the United Sates have been rocked in recent years by misconduct on the part of honored teachers – misconduct which resulted in chaos and long-lasting damage to individuals and organizations. Many Buddhist organizations appear to lack ethics statements and grievance procedures.

Opportunity to Learn about the Issue
An Olive Branch is is offering a series of free webinars to increase awareness and adoption ethics statements. Each webinar will be presented by a prominent teacher, practitioner, or expert on ethics and will be facilitated by An Olive Branch.

Featured Presenters on May 5, 2015, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time:
Rev. Kyoki Roberts: Founder of An Olive Branch and former Head Priest at the Zen Center of Pittsburgh.
Katheryn Wiedman, Ph.D., co-director of An Olive Branch and BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer.

In this webinar, Kyoki and Katheryn will present and discuss a framework for good governance practices that reduce the incidence and severity of conflict and a method of handling conflict effectively when it arises. This session is the last in the series on Ethics in U.S. Buddhist Groups and will tie together the themes developed in previous sessions.

More Information
Click here for a flyer describing the next webinar.

Click here to register for the May 5 free webinar, Creating a Strong, Safe Sangha, with featured presenters Rev. Kyoki Roberts and Katheryn Wiedman, Ph.D.

Listen to our February webinar with featured presenter Ellis M. Carter, J.D., LL.M
founder of the Carter Law Group, P.C.:

An Olive Branch featured
in Buddhadharma magazine

Confronting Abuse of Power ~ Buddhadharma, Winter 2014

The cover story of the winter 2014 issue of Buddhadharma magazine is titled Confronting Abuse of Power (page 46). In the article, Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat, one of four panelists, speaks about the value of working with An Olive Branch.

There is also a full-page sidebar titled “BE PROACTIVE: An Olive Branch presents an action plan for protecting sangha members from abuse and dealing with it if it happens” (page 50).

Read about An Olive Branch in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette