JKhedrup wrote:If something is done with a whisper and a smile , maybe you keep a newcomer interested in Buddhism. If the correction is done is a disdainful or intimidating way, maybe you turn someone away from the dharma.
I was in a similar situation. I once committed a minor faux pas my first time at temple. I used the wrong hand to receive something (I cupped left over right, it should be cupped right over left). The pundit whispered "no, no, other hand" and smiled. I said "oops!"
switched hands and he smiled again. If a big deal was made of it, I probably would never have returned.
First impressions count for a lot.
Indeed they do.