When on the retreat I've just been on the were a number of 'forms' that we had to follow. Certain ways we had to do things such as taking meals, preparing veg, cleaning etc never mind in ceremonies.
I'm asuming that the nature of these is for us to drop our egos, to be humble enough to do what we are asked to do, how we are asked to do it, rather than impossing our will by saying how we'd think it done best?
Also I'm assuming that it is also a way to bring mindfulnes in to activities other than just sitting?
Doegen sets out other forms in chapters of the Shobogenzo in realtion to hygene/cleanliness.
Am I right in my ssumptions of their purpose? Are there other reasons for them?
In gassho, Kev