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Monastery Rules

General Policies, Resources and Rules

Visitors who are not registered program guests may have access to the public areas of the monastery between...
Visitors who are not registered program guests may have access to the public areas of the monastery between…

Environmental and Vegetarian Practices

In keeping with instructions and wishes of the Gyalwang Karmapa, Samadhi follows strict environmentally-friendly policies...
In keeping with instructions and wishes of the Gyalwang Karmapa, Samadhi follows strict environmentally-friendly policies…

Internet and Phone Service

Some of the public areas of the residential building have free wireless internet available for checking emails or...
Some of the public areas of the residential building have free wireless internet available for checking emails or…

Daily Schedule

Temple is open every day from 8.00 A.M. to 8.00 P.M. Except on Friday, where it is open from 8:00 A. M. till 8:30 P.M. If it is necessary to perform.

7:00 Morning Buddha Pooja followed by Chanting of Seth Pirith
7:30 Breakfast for Monks
8:00 Study
9:00 Preferred appointment taking time
11:00 Day time Buddha Pooja
11:30 Lunch for Monks
12:30 Blessing service for devotees after lunch followed by Dhamma talk
13:00 Resting
14:00 Meeting by Appointment
15:00 Gilanpasa Buddha Pooja and Chanting of Seth Pirith

Dharma Protocol

Samadhi is a monastery in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. When you are in the shrine room, you are in a sacred space just like any other religious tradition. Please be calm and quiet and be respectful of practitioners and the monks and nuns in all areas of the monastery and take a moment to be aware of the following general protocol:

  • Remove shoes and leave them in the front entrance before entering the main shrineroom or small practice rooms.
  • You may notice people performing 3 prostrations (a type of bow) upon entering the shrineroom; this is a part of their spiritual practice and a gesture of respect and devotion; it is not necessary if it is not a part of your tradition.
  • Dress appropriately when you visit Samadhi: please wear shirts and no short shorts.
  • Feel free to walk around all public areas quietly, including to the front of the shrineroom (if no teaching is in progress) to look more closely at the ritual objects and architectural elements. We do appreciate that you will not touch or disturb objects on the shrine.
  • You are welcome to do your own meditation practice or simply sit in silence for as long as you wish during your visit; sit on the cushions on the floor provided or in the chairs along the sides of the rooms.
  • Please sit with legs crossed or to the side (or with feet flat on the floor or tucked under your chair if seated); please do not stretch out your legs toward the shrine; in this tradition, it is considered a form of disrespect for the bottoms of one’s feet to face the sacred images at the front of the room.
  • Feel free to use any texts provided during your visit. Do not place texts directly on the floor and please leave them in the shrine room; a wide variety of prayers and practice texts are available for purchase in the bookstore onsite.
  • You are welcome to make lamp offerings in the shrine room on behalf of loved ones, the deceased, or for any reason; there is often someone available to assist you or simply follow the instructions provided around the lamp tables. Contact the front desk with any special requests to sponsor practices or lamps at the monastery.
  • Learn a schedule of tours and practices that are open to the public regardless of spiritual tradition or level of training.
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