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  When Yang-shan Hui-chi (807-883), as a young monk, paid a visit to the Ch'an master
Hsing-k'ung, there was a monk who asked Hsing-k'ung:
-What is the meaning of the Patriarch's coming from the West?
Hsing-k'ung replied:
-Suppose... continue...

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Questioner:
I recently found a Zen Buddhist group close by and attended a 'session' with them. One thing I was struck with was the amount of bowing during the ceremony. Could someone please instruct me in why the bowing...especially since there is no belief in a God or Higher Power. Thanks.

CT:
When one whose mind is not empty,
He can not do bowing.
Even his body does,
It is not bowing.
Only bowing,
No bower nor bowed.
The same with prostrating.

ChonTri 03/07/03


 



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