Take a Khata or a white scarf with you to meet a lama or Geshe, then say TASHI DELEY. This means Auspicious and Good Health. Whenever you see a Lama or Geshe, you humbly bow down your head and place both hands together as a prostration gesture. Most of the Tibetan Lamas don’t shake hands, but rather they raise their right hand as a half prostration when they greet you.
Geshe literally means “spiritual friend”. It is the highest teaching degree in Tibetan Buddhism.
Say TASHI DELEY and place hands together at the heart.
Ven. is shorthand for Venerable monk or nun.
Gen means: master, teacher or senior. It is a term of respect for a monk or a nun.
A Khata is a ceremonial silk scarf offered to Lamas. (We have them for sale at Lion's Roar Dharma Center for a small donation.) It should be white and long. White represents purity and it is long to represent long life. Some can be yellow to represent gold or something precious.
You can use a Khata anytime, anywhere with anyone as a greeting. It is particularly used on special occasions whether spiritual or business.
A mala is a string of prayer beads. Some have 108 and some 111 beads. You use a mala to count the recitation of mantras or the names of the Buddhas. You should treat a mala as you would a sacred object.
When you visit a temple, you should bring fresh flowers, fruit or candles for offerings to the Buddhas.