Orienting New Visitors

In communication ahead of time

  • Where, when, bring (cushion/bench, blanket/mat), port-a-potty, contact phone

Upon Arrival

  • Have them remove shoes, and set belongings aside. Silence devices or leave in car.
  • Show therm where to set up their cushion or seat. 
  • Review format for the evening.
  • Make sure they have (bring) a copy of appropriate chants or service or you may bring an extra copy.  Explain symbols.
  • Walk them through the forms, gassho, bowing, sitting, getting up and kinhin, with essential points but not too much detail. “Follow the crowd.” 
  • Explain meaning of bells.
  • Ask if they have any questions.
  • Suggest that they watch carefully and follow along, asking more questions as needed at the end of the evening.
  • Keep an eye on them to see how they are doing, and demonstrate clearly with gestures and a minimal words if needed, what they need to do to follow along.

After Meeting

  • Check in after ending- posture, questions
  • Anything to communicate to Keien?


(Rev. 4-8-24)