I know we’re having the big discussion about secrecy and vajrayana but what about the little things? Do some of you struggle with dharma etiquette like I do?
While most of us probably know shrine room stuff like removing your shoes, not pointing your feet at the altar, not walking over dharma books and prostrating to the teacher but what about other things? It seems like I am forever blundering about breaking the unwritten rules because I simply don’t know of their existence. I'm guessing some etiquette may be different in different traditions but let’s make a list and share experiences/blunders.
One thing that immediately comes to mind for me, is going to my first empowerment and offering the Vajrayana master something meant for him personally (it was something naturopathic as I was worried about his health), accompanied by a particularly “cheesy” card. I only found out later it is normal practice to offer money directed towards the furtherment of the dharma or something that means a great deal to you that you are giving up as a heartfelt offering.
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on Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:27 pm, edited 1 time in total.
See equality between praise and criticism, between approval and disapproval, between the good and the bad reputation, since they are simply illusions or dreams and have no true existence. Learn to tolerate them as if they were mere echoes. ~ Longchenpa