What it all boils down to is to behave in a respectful way.
Of course, each and everyone of us has a different opinions on the subject – what is respectful to one person may be completely disrespectful for another. In the end, it is really a matter of coming from your heart. The lama looks to your intention, and sees if your respect is naturally from the heart, or perhaps instead some rules you begrudgingly obey. There is no need to be neurotic or panic about such things, simply do your best and relax respectfully.
Nevertheless, considering all of this, we put together some guidelines to make it easier to feel comfortable for everyone to be with lamas, or in a sacred place such as the center, monastery or shrine room; to relax and get the most out of the encounter.
The lama is able and willing to give us the means to liberate ourselves from the grip of samsara. The monastery, the center and the shrine room are designed to learn to connect with our Buddha nature, our true essence in a most protective environment. It is the place where lots of spiritual practice is being done, prayers are conducted and teachings are being held.