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However, those new to the temple are likely to have questions about practices that are different.
Entering the Temple
When entering the main temple or Memorial Hall building and again when entering the main hall (the Hondo), Memorial Hall chapel, or the Nokotsu-do (columbarium), please bow first and try to enter with your left foot.
Because of this, entering with the left foot complements the gesture of bowing: entering with our left foot reveals the degree to which we have entrusted ourselves to the Truth the Amida Buddha reveals to us in his/her infinite Wisdom and Compassion.
Exiting the Temple
The o-nenju encircles the hands and is held lightly under the thumbs.
Both elbows should be fairly dose to the body and the hands should be at mid-chest level.
O-shoko is performed in the following manner:
Walk toward the incense burner. Stop two or three steps before the table; bow lightly.
Step up to the incense burner. With your right hand, take a tiny pinch of the ground incense and drop it into the incense burner, over the burning sticks or charcoal. (This need be done once only, and it is not necessary to first bring the incense to your forehead).
Bow in homage to Amida Buddha in gassho.
Take two or three steps back, bow lightly, and return to your seat.
- Text is taken from Daily Service, a booklet published by Buddhist Churches of America (third printing, November 1997).
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