Tibet Buddhist Monastery : Are You Planning To Travel Tibet ( The Land Of Buddhist Monasteries And Temples )
Tibet Buddhist Monastery : Do you know what is a monastery? No? Let us enlighten you. A monastery is basically a community or a group of people ( known as monks and nuns ), who have chosen to live not in the society ( they have spared themselves from the world ), and this community only practices their own religion with full devotion. The word monk comes from the Greek word “Monos”, which means alone. So, when you have to visit such place you should be extremely careful and aware of your conduct. You can not “selfies” with a monk!! You have to be on your best behavior. DO NOT WORRY. We have made a list of things which will help you in your journey both before and after. Let’s start.
PLAN THE TRIP IN ADVANCE
Tibet Buddhist monastery is a very peaceful place to visit. You should book the tour at least 20 days before. All the places you want to visit, book your hotel room etc.
GET TO KNOW ABOUT THE MONASTERIES
Before planning the trip you should know how many Tibet Buddhist monasteries are in Tibet. Once, you figure out how many monasteries you want to visit it will be a lot of easy for you.
DO NOT SMOKE
You are at a religious place ( Tibet Buddhist monastery ), and people around you are a hard core religious following people. Do not smoke in a monastery, not even in the toilet, or shady corners. And not right outside a monastery. Go at an appropriate distance and then smoke.
KNOW ABOUT THE FOOD
There are certain kinds of food items which are not allowed to eat in a monastery. Here is a list of foods not to eat in a monastery : Meat ( all kinds of ), alcohol, Dairy-products (if it is in agreement with the monastery-fasting rule then go ahead). That’s it.
DO NOT ENTER THE RESTRICTED AREAS
You are not walking in a park! There are places in a monastery where yo cannot go whenever you desire. You have to get permission or ask. Places like the kitchen, somebodies room, and parts that are private.
WEAR APPROPRIATE CLOTHES
Please dress in a fitting manner. No matter how you can dress at your parish, a monastery is a different place. Monastics vow to be chaste. Don’t bring temptation to them (no matter if it is a men’s monastery or a convent.) This means to cover your knees and elbows as well as your cleavage/chest. (No matter if male or female.) It could happen that the monastics tell you to leave the liturgy or even that the priest will deny you communion if you are not dressed accordingly. (You can do outside of the monastery as wish.)
Maintain silence whenever you are doing service or a work. Maintaining silence at a religious place is mandatory. There is no doubt in it! Other things which you should keep in your mind is to enjoy as much as you can, redefine nature, find the spiritual you, learn about Buddhism. These are the spiritual things which you should do at a Tibet Buddhist monastery.