We extend our kind welcome to Emaho Center. We want you to feel welcome and comfortable.
There are things we do in the temple and in the center that may be new to you.
We take off our shoes as a sign of respect. The floors can be cold. You are welcome to wear socks or bring slippers.
You may see people doing prostrations prior to and after teachings or meditations. The gesture expresses the intention to try and follow The Three Jewels - Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. The gesture also symbolizes discarding the three Poisons - hatred, ignorance and greed. The posture symbolizes letting go of our ego and expresses our admiration for the teachings of Buddha and respect for all sentient beings. Prostrations are generally done three times. This practice readies our mind for receiving the teachings and helps strengthen our meditations. The respect towards which we prostrate is our own future Buddha; ourself as an enlightened being, having reached ultimate happiness. As we open, we make space for a rich spiritual practice.