Luang Por Sumedho is held in very high esteem within the Thai Sangha.
Here's are a couple of tips I would suggest:
- Don't point the soles of your feet at any of the Monks, or well - anyone there if you can help it. This is Thai custom and not a Western, nor Buddhist custom, but 'when in rome.'
- If you would like to show your respect towards the Ajahn, a triple bow is good.
- You could maybe offer the Ven. Ajahn a pottle of honey, or a book? Handing an Ajahn a non-monetary & allowable gift in person is good from beginning to end!
- Just be respectful, smile, be courtious and everything will be sweet as
- Monks of the Ajahn Chah lineage aren't judgemental, and generally have a great sense of humor.
"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -