Campus News

October 15, 2010

Greeting, eating and other etiquette

Photo by Kay Hinton

No one wants to offend a visiting dignitary, so University Events has issued a protocol "do's and don'ts" for those who may come in contact with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama during his visit to campus Oct. 17-19.

•    You may say "Tashi Delek. Welcome," or just "Welcome."

•    Making direct eye contact is fine. So is shaking hands, but with two hands, not one.

•    When addressing the Dalai Lama, say "Your Holiness," or when speaking about him, say "His Holiness." After that, you may say you or he.

•    Pass or receive an item using both hands.

•    When sitting, if you cross your legs, avoid pointing your feet toward the Dalai Lama.

•    During meals, wait until the Dalai Lama begins eating or drinking before you do, unless he specifically requests people to start.

•    When the Dalai Lama enters or leaves a room, you should stand.

•    Allow the Dalai Lama to sit first, and then take your seat.

•    When leaving with the Dalai Lama staying, take a few steps back still facing him before turning to leave, rather than turning your back on him directly.

•    Be yourself and be natural. The Dalai Lama relates to everyone as they are.

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