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  Tanzan and Ekido were once traveling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was still falling. Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection. "Come on, girl" said Tanzan at... 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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