Respect the Buddha Statues Never touch, sit near, or climb on a Buddha statue or the raised platform the statue sits on. Get permission before taking photographs and never do so during worship.

Can Buddhists take pictures?

While my readers who have journeyed throughout the country are well aware, future travelers should know that the interior of most Buddhist temples are typically plastered with unsightly signs banning photography.

Can I take pictures with monks?

While one may take candid photographs of monks and nuns, I recommend whenever appropriate to try to first build a rapport and ask for their permission. Many monks and nuns are good sports about this sort of thing and can pose for some endearing images.

Can I take pictures of Big Buddha?

Don’t point at images of Buddha. Do not raise yourself higher than the image of Buddha (e.g., sitting on the raised platform for a photo). Take rowdy or unhappy children out of the worship area.

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Can I take pictures with monks?

While one may take candid photographs of monks and nuns, I recommend whenever appropriate to try to first build a rapport and ask for their permission. Many monks and nuns are good sports about this sort of thing and can pose for some endearing images.

Can you take pictures of Buddha statues?

You should not stand with your back to the Buddha. This is considered disrespectful of the Lord Buddha. This means no selfies with Buddha statues whether they are in a temple or outside. It is okay to photograph the Buddha statues.

Why Photos are not allowed in temples?

Photographs of the main deity are in heavy demand, and since most of the temples are either nationalized or run by trusts, they intend to keep this monopoly in their hands only. In today’s scenario of terrorism, mobiles and cameras are mostly not allowed inside the temples.

What are the rules in a Buddhist temple?

Show Respect Turn off mobile phones, remove headphones, lower your voice, avoid inappropriate conversation, remove hats, and no smoking or chewing gum. You are likely entering an actual consecrated area, where locals go to commune with the sacred, so any hint of irreverence might cause deep offense.

Can you go to a Buddhist temple on your period?

Buddhism. In Buddhism (Theravada or Hinayana) menstruation is viewed as “a natural physical excretion that women have to go through on a monthly basis, nothing more or less”. However, in certain branches of Japanese Buddhism, menstruating women are banned from attending temples.

Is there a dress code for Buddhist temples?

Dress Code – Every temple implements a dress code before you can enter. A good rule of thumb is to dress up that covers most areas of your body. Avoid wearing shorts, tank tops, or dresses that are above the knees. Upon entering any building on the temple grounds, you must remove your hats and shoes.

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Can you take pictures in Thai temples?

Taking photos of the temple and Buddha images is typically allowed in Thailand. But in some worship areas photos are not usually allowed. Before taking a photo, look for the temple’s rules written outside on noticeboards or just ask someone. Try not to take photos while worshipers are praying.

Can you take pictures on a shrine?

Personal Photography Please note, only handheld cameras are permitted on and within the Shrine monument—including monument courtyards and the Balcony. The use of drones is not permitted at any time.

Can you talk to Buddhist monks?

Monk Chats are quite literally an opportunity to sit down and have a fun and informal chat to local Buddhist monks. Usually, Monk Chats are with novice or younger monks as it is a great way for them to practice their English language skills and meet people from all around the world.

What should I wear to the Big Buddha?

For that reason, it is a must to dress modestly – covered shoulders, no beach wear, and knees covered. On entry, your clothing attire will be examined and if you are not covered appropriately, you will be provided with a free sarong and/or shawl to borrow for the duration of your visit.

Can you swear as a Buddhist?

As stated, Buddhists do not swear on the Buddha or on a text. There are no particular cultural practices that court rooms need to be aware of with lay people, however, with monks, particularly Theravadin monks and nuns, there may need to be extreme caution about contact between the monks and nuns and the opposite sex.

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Can you touch a Buddhist monk?

NO TOUCHING Do not touch people you meet and shaking hands is considered bad manners. Also, do not touch monks ever.

Why do Buddhist take off their shoes?

Also, any practicing Buddhists must remove their shoes before entering the temple. This is so the bringing in of outside dirt into the temple can be avoided. The temple must remain as clean and as pure as possible.

Can Buddhist go to church?

Buddhists can worship both at home or at a temple. It is not considered essential to go to a temple to worship with others.

Can I take pictures with monks?

While one may take candid photographs of monks and nuns, I recommend whenever appropriate to try to first build a rapport and ask for their permission. Many monks and nuns are good sports about this sort of thing and can pose for some endearing images.

What should you not do with a Buddha statue?

In general, the altar and statue of Buddha should face the east direction. Never place a Buddha statue in the bedroom or bathroom. Always keep the area around the statue sparkling clean. Burn candles or incense sticks to purify the air around it.

Can you take selfie with Buddha in Sri Lanka?

DON’T: take a selfie with Buddha It is considered highly offensive in Sri Lanka to have a picture taken with your back facing towards Buddha, so leave the selfie stick at home and pay your respects to Sri Lanka’s holiest icon face-to-face.

Can you take pictures inside a Hindu temple?

In Short: It is legal. In some temples, particularly in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, photography is not allowed – within the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. In particularly orthodox temples, even taking a camera or a cell phone is prohibited.

About the Author

While living in a residential meditation and yoga ashram from 1999 to 2013, Leon devoted his life to the study and practice of meditation.
He accumulated about 15,000 hours of practice over many longer immersion retreats, including hours of silent meditation, chanting, prostrations, and mantra.
While participating in a "meditation marathon," he once sat in meditation for 40 hours straight. More importantly, he fell in love with meditation during this time.

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