Planning on coming to one of our events? We're looking forward to meeting you. We know that coming to a new monastery can be intimidating or even a bit confusing. We want you to be as comfortable as possible.
Dress Code? Chairs?
Just wear what you normally wear. Some people dress in white clothes, others show up in jeans and hoodies. We want you to feel comfortable here with us. All we ask is that you remove your shoes when you come inside.
We have plenty of chairs and cushions and people sit in all sorts of different ways.
Expressing our faith
Some of our activities begin with a traditional devotional service where we offer flowers, light and sweet drinks to the Buddha Shrine. We do this out of a sense of gratitude for what the Buddha has taught us, and as a way to bring to mind his special qualities. Although the Buddha no longer exists and does not receive these offerings, we can use this time to strengthen our confidence in his enlightenment.
In the chanting part of the service we continue to recollect what the Buddha taught. You will easily be able to follow along in our printed handouts. If you have any questions, just ask anyone.
Our meditation classes are much more informal and usually begin right off with instructions.
We're family friendly
Our activities are open to people of all ages. We have some activities that are geared specifically towards children and teens.
Who are the monks?
Our programs are led by monks who have been trained in the ancient teachings of Theravada Buddhism. They will help you understand what the Buddha taught and how to apply it to your own life. The only protocol you need to know is that monks don't shake hands or make physical contact with lay people.
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