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Regulations of Conduct
- Arrive at the Temple at least ten minutes before service begins.
- Remember to turn off your cellular phone before entering the Temple.
- Remove your shoes as soon as entering and place them in the changing room.
- Do not smoke or take intoxicating substances.
- Take care of your personal maintenance: come clean with clean clothes for Meditation, tidy comfortable and dark clothing, if possible, used only for practice.
- Bring a small towel to wash your feet before entering the Zendo.
- Respect this place by remember that the Temple is a School for spiritual and cultural advancement, also a place to share experiences with others who follow the same Path, also working together in preparing, cleaning and tidying up the Temple.
- Walk quietly and speak softly, speak only on topics related to the practice and remember that the Temple is not a place for social gathering.
- Exercise the Precept of Correct Speech using simple and clean vocabulary, abstaining from criticizing or judging others.
- Exercise the Precept of Correct Thought by not indulging in negativity upon yourself nor others.
- Observe the fundamental principles of physical, mental and psychological non-violence in respect of yourself and others.
- Enter the Zendo (Meditation Room) barefoot, remove watches and jewelry, tie back long hair and avoid using perfumes.
- Keep quiet in the Zendo, maintain natural breathing, neither forced nor loud during Zazen.
- Maintain correct behavior and demeanor, do not allow disordered position or behavior even when tired or pained.
- Cultivate the communal sense of sharing by respecting the schedule and responsibilities and contributing to open offerings to sustain the Temple.
- Ordained followers are obliged to assist in practice services and coridally help newcomers without ever taking the place of the Teacher.