Etiquette for Mindfulness, Respect, and Harmony

Mindfulness

  • Relax and enjoy the present moment.
  • Be gentle in your movements, and stay within your own physical limitations.
  • Use kind words and speak in low voice.
  • Be considerate for self and others.

Respect

  • Arrive early to get settled or receive instructions on meditation. Wait in the foyer to join the next sitting period if you arrive late.
  • Turn off your cellphones and remove noisy jewelry.
  • Avoid using perfume or strong scented products.
  • Be responsible for your belongings and valuables.
  • Be still during sittings—try not to move too much. If you must, relaxingly and quietly move once.
  • Walk in a clock-wise direction in the Chan Hall. Enter and exit the Chan Hall on the left door.
  • Exit only after­­ the sitting, exercises, or walking meditation is over.

Harmony

  • Avoid harm of any kind to self and others.
  • Cultivate all virtues.
  • Support all beings without attachment.