How to Visit a Buddhist Temple

Do not touch the monks unless you ask or they touch you first. This is especially true for women. You should also be aware, some temples are not open to women. Do not be offended. Women were allowed in these temples at one time. Women were banned because they menstruate, soiling the mats.¬†Unfortunately the modern day conveniences of tampons has had no effect on the prohibition. Women are still considered “unclean”.