Shrine Room Etiquette

Our Shrine Room

Thank you for considering visiting us at our Center!

We welcome you to our practice of Tibetan Buddhism.

If this is your first time visiting a Tibetan Buddhist Shrine room, these basic guidelines may help you know what to expect and feel more comfortable when you arrive.

  • Please remove shoes and hats before you enter the Shrine room.
  • Sitting: Generally, the preferable posture for practice is to sit cross-legged on a cushion on the floor. If this is not possible because of physical problems, of course you may sit in a chair. We provide both cushions and chairs for your comfort.
  • Please avoid wearing short skirts or revealing garments. It’s warm here in Florida, but many practitioners also prefer to wear longer shorts, and shirts with short sleeves.
  • Please do not sit with your legs outstretched (especially towards the Shrine or the Thangkas, as this is considered a sign of disrespect to the Enlightened Beings.
  • Please do not lie down in the shrine room.
  • Please place Dharma books, puja texts or ritual items on a table or cushion rather than on the floor. We consider these sacred objects, so thank you for your thoughtfulness.
  • Please also respect Dharma books, texts and ritual items by not stepping over them.
  • We request that you stand when a Lama enters the Shrine room to a practice or Teaching. You may sit once the Lama is seated.
  • When entering the Shrine room, a Buddhist practitioner may do three prostrations facing the shrine, or make a short bow with hands folded. We do this as a symbol of respect, and it also represents surrendering one’s self-focus and generating one’s desire to benefit all beings.

Learn more about keeping a shrine:The Seven Shrine Offerings
A link to more complete information: Shrine Room Etiquette.