Hi. I have been attending Tibetan classes online offered through the local centre. I am mostly housebound so that's why online. I haven't met the Geshe in person yet. But last week he offered to come visit. Now since it's 7.24 in the evening here, and he's coming for the first time at 11 am tomorrow, I'm starting to feel very under prepared.
For one, all my training up to this point has been through association with a Thai Forest monastery, so I have no idea how to greet or behave around a Tibetan monk. He is in the Gelug school, same as Dalai Lama. I was thinking I'd greet him by bowing, as we do in Thai Forest, and then when we sit, I'll bow three times on the floor. Will that do? Beyond that I have no idea. Is it also customary to offer dana when a Tibetan monk visits?
Also, my practice has benefited so strongly from this Geshe's classes, and I feel a very strong connection to him. I am thinking of asking him to be my teacher. Is this customary to do or should I wait for him to offer?
Please only respond to this post if you are knowledgeable about Tibetan Buddhism, or can provide some accurate resource. I want to show him the respect he deserves and make sure he's comfortable in my home. Thank you.
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