For the time being, in-person services will not be held at our primary location. The services described below will be held regularly at some point in the future when the public health situation improves.
We welcome all persons to participate in our services, classes, and events, regardless of the faith tradition, or lack of one, they represent. The core values of Buddhism and the spiritual practice of meditation are conducive to enhancing any other spiritual tradition and its practices.
First-time visitors are welcome at Wednesday evening 7pm services. If you would like to attend a service for the first time, please contact the Center for directions and parking information. Participation in other events requires completion of an Introduction to Buddhism classes, held monthly as needed. See the Regular Services and Classes page.
What to wear:
- Please wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. Please avoid clothing that would be noisy or especially distracting visually.
- Seating is primarily on the floor, so choose clothing accordingly. (Chairs are available for those who who be uncomfortable on the floor.)
- Socks are worn in the temple in order to keep our meditation cushions cleaner. If you happen to forget yours, we have extra pairs!
- The regular entrance requires steps up to the door and then down to the dharma hall. A ground-level entrance is available for anyone with mobility issues — please feel welcome to ask.
- Getting to our restroom requires no steps, but it is not wheelchair-accessible.
- Please feel welcome to contact us about special needs or accommodations.
- If the Buddhist flag is out, please feel free to enter the Center — no need to knock! At the base of the stairs is a bench for removing and storing shoes.
- We greet each other by placing our hands palm-to-palm and proceed with a standing bow. This is respectful gesture to each other and also a statement of lowering our ego.
- Ordained members of the Center are given Korean dharma names. It can be easier to address them by their everyday names until you learn their Korean names.
- Monks and priests also have Korean names. However, the appropriate way to address a monk is “Sunim.” The appropriate way to address a dharma instructor (priest) is “Bup Sanim.” This is similar to calling a priest “father” or “reverend” in the Judeo-Christian tradition.
- When entering the Center’s dharma hall, a standing bow should be given to the Buddha statue on the altar.
- You may choose to sit on a cushion, a chair, or one of our meditation stools/benches.
- The service begins with lighting of the lamps and incense, when we make three full prostrations (or standing bows) towards the altar in respect.
- Don’t worry about knowing what’s going on! Be mindful, be respectful, and follow along as best you are able. We understand this is a new experience and appreciate your efforts in learning our traditions.
- There will be time after service to ask questions and learn more about the Center and Buddhism.