Posted by Samye (188.8.131.52) on August 15, 2000 at 08:03:49:
In Reply to: Buddhist Temple Questions... posted by tazlah on August 15, 2000 at 03:48:00:
: Just inquiring on the proper protocol to follow when entering a Buddhist Temple (in North America). This is just in case I come across one and wish to enter -- I don't want to look like a complete Ass!
: Thanks for your input.
Most temples that I have been to require you to remove your shoes before entering the temple or shrine room.
When entering the shrine room or if you see an image of the Buddha for the first time you should bow with your palms placed together.Sometimes, it is also acceptable to recite Namo Buddhaya, Namo Dharmaya Namo, Sanghaya.
Most people may greet you with a bow and returning the action is usualy what is expected.
You can just follow everyone elses cue's.If entering an ethnic temple (such as a Vietnamese or Chinese temple) be open and friendly, retracting away from people can make them feel uncomfortable.
I went a Vietnamese temple recently, and I was the only white person there but being open and polite helped many of the regular Sangha members see that I was there for the Dharma, not just for show.
Just be polite, be open and if you make a mistake, don't worry to much, no one should kick you out or anything. :-)
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