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  There was an old woman in China who had supported a monk for over twenty years. She had built a little hut for him and fed him while he was meditating. Finally she wondered just what progress he had made in all this time. To find out, she... continue...

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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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