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.