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Monastic Etiquette

A few notes on monastic etiquette—dress should be simple, modest and comfortable.  Please be sure your legs and shoulders are covered and your midriff is covered: no shorts or tank tops.  This applies to both men and women.  Care should be taken not to point the feet at the monks, the Buddha image, or the altar, as this is considered impolite.  If you have a question for the monks and wish to approach them outside of a question-and-answer period, please do not loom over them if they are sitting; come down to their level or a bit lower as a gesture of respect. Please refrain from physical contact with the monks. In lieu of a handshake, an appropriate greeting in our tradition is to offer a gesture of respect,anjali,with hands joined together, fingers upward at heart level.


 

 

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