An usher will be on-hand to greet you and answer any questions before the service. It is helpful for everyone if all attendees arrive at least 5 minutes before the service begins. Sound carries in the chapel, so everyone will really appreciate it if things that make noise like keys, cell phones, and even noisy clothing (such as a nylon windbreaker) can be “neutralized” before the service begins. Also, we make it a practice not to talk while in the chapel.
It’s really helpful if attendees refrain from wearing body scents (such as perfume or aftershave.) These can trigger allergies and distract others from their meditation. Coughing and other symptoms of illness are also distracting. If you are ill, even with just a cough or cold, please meditate at home.
Once a period of meditation starts, make an effort to remain silent, with the body completely still. If desired, stand during the periods of chanting and gently stretch while remaining in front of your chair. If you brought bottled water with you to the meditation, try to drink only during the periods of chanting. Make sure that any meditation technique you practice is practiced silently.
If possible, please remain for the whole service (except for the Saturday meditations.) If you must leave during a service, please try to do so as quietly as possible, and preferably while we are chanting.
We find that by observing these guidelines, we all have a better chance to go deep in meditation. Many thanks for your cooperation.