GUIDELINES TO VISITING TOURISTS IN THE BUDDHIST MONASTERIES AND OTHER BUDDHIST SITES

 

MOTIVATION

Let the day venture be pleasant, memorable and educative.

The tourist seeks to see nice and beautiful things be it scenery/landscape, historical sites or places of worship. The landscape and beautiful scenery inspires one at a glance as there is nothing much to understand beyond its sight.
 

Visiting the places of worship and historical sites offers one with an opportunity and space to developed one knowledge and learning. To avoid negative impression, one must try to understand the living Buddhism even after 2550 years of Lord Buddha  Mahaparinirvana. The visitor  approach needs to be more inquisitive and one must enjoy the beautiful architecture, paintings, wall frescos, decoration, motifs, etc and their signifies besides spiritual values.
 

The monastery is not only a place of worship but it is also an educational institution where students (Lamas, monks and nuns even laity) visualize and contemplate and ultimately realize the true nature of universal phenomena and attain Buddha hood.
 

While visiting places of worships, one should honour and respect the sancity of the place in order to make a day  venture a memorable one.

For general tourists visiting Buddhist monasteries, the following guidelines may help them in their quest.


Do :

1.

 Before entering the temple, one should remove their shoes and hat. Wearing hat inside the temple is regarded as a sign of disrespect.
 

2.

Maintain silence while taking rounds of the monastery or Gonpa. Gonpa in Tibetan means a solitude place for practitioners.
 

3.

Always walk in clockwise direction while visiting temples or monasteries and holy sites. According to Buddhism, going clock wise round the temple, monasteries, stupas or any sacred and holy objects or offerings.

4.

Always cover mouth when you approach close to holy objects or offerings

5.

 One should abide by the specific notification of the monastery, if any.


Don

1.

One should not spit and throw rubbish within the monastery compounds.

2.

.One should never smoke and drinks alcohol within the monastery premises.

3.

Do not touch any ritual objects or mural paintings inside the monastery.

4.

Do not take any religious objects (Prayer stones, statues, ritual objects, prayer flags etc) away from sacred sites and discourage others from doing so.

5. Do not step over any religious objects, book or robes of the monks.
7.

Visitors should not try to obtain undue favour from the monastery authority or In-charge for any vested interest by offering incentive.

8.

Do not encourage begging in any circumstances by giving alms, candies, etc. But you may leave small donation for genuine purpose at designated areas.

9.

Leave nothing foot prints, take nothing but good memories.
In some areas one may find miniature structure of shrine in open space near the fountain which is known as Lukhand (Naga  shrine). The shrine is believed to be the adode of the Nagas and one must observe serenity. Dirtying the area and going near the shrine should be avoided. Any violation of observance of sacredness may bring negative effects or terrible diseases like leprosy.

 

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