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?
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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