Week Twelve:

  1. Presentation: (Daily Practice and Lifestyles)
    1. Bowing, Chanting, Temple Etiquette.
      1. Bowing:
        1. Asian tradition of greeting and respect.
        2. Sometimes one bows from the waist.
        3. Prostrations are often referred to as bowing. There are a few variations of these often depending on the traditions of the school or temple.
    2. Clasped hands: (Anjali) a gesture of respect. There are a few variations of these often depending on the purpose or tradition. Anjali is Sanskrit for "divine offering", "a gesture of reverence", "benediction", "and salutation", and is derived from anj, meaning "to honour or celebrate”. Mudra means "seal" or "sign". The meaning of the phrase is thus "salutation seal”. The gesture is also known as hrdayanjali mudra meaning "reverence to the heart seal" (from hrd, meaning "heart") and atmanjali mudra meaning "reverence to the self seal" (from atman, meaning "self").The gesture first appears c. 4000 years ago on the clay seals of the Indus Valley Civilization. Excerpt Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A%C3%B1jali_Mudr%C4%81.
    3. Chanting: Right Speech-Right Action, Form of meditation, Mantras, Sutras, and other uses.
    4. Temple Etiquette: In general and especially outside of the U.S.
      1. Shoes in most cases you will be asked to remove them before entering a temple or building, in some case before entering the gate of the temple proper.
      2. Touching in many cases Monks and Nuns abstain from touching others especially the opposite sex. This is not always the case. In some cultures public displays of affection and contact with opposite sex in temples is frowned on.
      3. Pointing Many Asian cultures find pointing with your feet or directly with your fingers rude.
      4. Feet- Try not to point with your feet. In many Asian cultures (Thailand) below the waist is not considered clean and the feet as especially not.
      5. Modesty- Wear modest clothes, cover shoulders legs etc.
      6. American Buddhism and Dong Hung Temple vs. Other traditions and cultures.
  2. Rituals, Rites, Altars, Temples.
  3. Generosity. Giving (Dana) 

Weekly Schedule


8.00 am - 9.00 am: Public Services in English: Such as chanting, Meditation,  Dharma discussing

10:30 am – 12.30 pm: Public Services in Vietnamese: Such as chanting, Dharma discussing (with English translator), offering to the deceased ones 


English Dharma Class, open discussion.
@ Dharma Hall, Virginia Beach
Tuesdays, 7pm-8.30pm.


5:45 - 6:45 pm: One Hour Meditation. Public is welcome. English language introduction. Silent, seated meditation in the Dharma Hall.
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Public service in English: Chanting, meditating, Dharma discussing in English


8:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Chanting 21 time Great Compassion Mantra (Vietnamese)


423 Davis Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Phone: (757) 689 - 3408

Direct: 757 - 406 - 1726 (Mr. Mark P.)

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