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May all beings attain happiness and the sources of happiness;
May they be free from suffering and the causes of suffering;
May they never lose the great tranquility devoid of suffering;
May they dwell in deep equanimity, free from passion, aggression, and ignorance.
Shrine Room Etiquette
As a place intended for hearing teachings, as well as for prayer and meditation,
we must insist that the Shrine Room be kept a peaceful space at all times.
While attending PCD Dallas, all participants are expected to observe the
pratimokha, bodhisattva, and vajrayana precepts
with regard to interactions with sangha members and others.
Many who are new to Buddhism are unaware of proper etiquette in the shrine room,
so here are some details to keep in mind.
Etiquette is an expression of respect and gratitude for one's own Buddha Nature,
which is embodied by one's teacher and is reflected in the Shrine Room environment.
It can also be a source of merit because, by not disturbing one's fellow practitioners, one is actually aiding their practice.
In other words: be Mindful, Respectful and extend Loving-Kindness to yourself and all others.
Please consider the following points of etiquette:
· Palyul teachers are monastics (monks or nuns).
At teachings and empowerments, dress conservatively out of respect for our teachers.
Jeans and t-shirts are fine, but please no shorts, tank tops, mid-rise tops, see-through tops, etc.
· Please remove your shoes before entering the shrine room.
· Cell phones, pagers and other electrical devices should be turned off or silenced.
· It is best to practice calm-abiding meditation (shamatha) and sit quietly
while waiting for teachings or empowerments to begin.
· It is customary to stand and bow, holding your hands in prayer position,
until the lama/teacher is seated.
· Please do not point the soles of your feet towards the altar or the lama/teacher.
· Any dharma materials, containing teachings or prayers of the Buddha,
should be treated with respect.
· Please do not place any dharma materials directly on the floor or allow others to step on/over them.
· In general, please be respectful to the shrine room, the lama/teacher,
and those attending the meditation and/or teachings.
· If you have questions, please ask. We are all here to increase our understanding of Buddhism.
May the Profound and Precious Bodhichitta,
where it has arisen,
continue to develop and be ever-increasing!
May All Beings Benefit!
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