for Visiting the Center
at Drepung Loseling Monastery are casual in general, but there are
a few points of etiquette you may want to be aware of to avoid confusion:
Kindly remove your shoes and place them in the shoe rack before entering the shrine room.
rise in respect as the teacher enters the room, and wait until the
teacher sits to be seated yourself. Please rise again at the end
of the teaching when the teacher rises to leave.
people will bow in respect with their hands folded when the teacher
walks by, and some will prostrate before and after the teaching.
This is a sign of humility and respect for the teachings, and not
an act of worship. You may feel free to bow and prostrate if you
feel comfortable doing so, but you are not required to.
the Tibetan tradition, it is considered impolite to stretch your
legs towards the shrine or a teacher or to point the soles of your
feet in their direction.
Out of respect, please do not place any Buddhist texts, images,
or items (including handouts) directly on the floor or cushions.
We have cloths available to place below your texts and items and
you may ask for one.
Dress code is casual but respectful. You may wish to wear something
comfortable, as you may be sitting for long periods of time.
hold your questions and comments until the end of the teaching when
there will be a question and answer period.
If the microphone is being passed around, please wait until you
receive it to ask your question. This facilitates the recording
made for those who couldn’t make it to the teaching.
you don’t know, just ask! Members and staff persons will be
happy to answer your questions. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
and take a look at our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)