Presenting Hada (or Khatag) is traditional practice of respect and hospitality in Tibet, and will be appreciated by your host. If you are presenting a Hada to a statue or a high lama, raise the Hada above your shoulder and bow. When you receive a Hada, it is proper to accept with both your hands.
Always add a “La” after one’s name to show your respect, for example Tashi La. Address a high lama with “Rinpoche” and a common lama with Geshe La, even though he might not be a Geshe.
There are some common rules to remember if you plan to visit a monastery. Always walk clockwise around the religious shrines, stupas, Mani stones and prayer wheels. However, if you visit a Bon monastery, then walk counterclockwise! Although the monks remove their shoes upon entering a chamber, it is acceptable to enter a chamber without removing your shoes. Coming inside during the chanting session is permissible. Sit or stand in the rear, with no loud and irreverent conversation! Also, it is considered proper etiquette to offer some money or butter fuel while visiting a monastery.
The following are considered taboo:
Smoking, consuming alcohol or making unnecessary noise in a monastery.
Touching, walking over or sitting on any religious texts, objects or prayer flags in a monastery.
Causing anything to be killed in a monastery.
Intrusive photography of a monastery especially when people are performing religious ceremonies. Always ask for permission.
Harming vultures, or yaks and sheep wearing red, yellow or green cloth.
Stepping on the threshold when entering a Tibetan house.
Spitting before somebody.
Placing trash in the fire.
Public displays of affection.