Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.
Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring.
The professor watched the overflow...
ON ZEN RITUALS
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.
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