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    Book Quote on Bowing to Buddha

    i'm going through What Is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner's Mind, and i found this quote enlightening:

    "As a person who'd grown up a practicing Jew, I didn't particularly appreciate or understand the idea of bowing to statues. So I asked my teacher (who, probably not accidentally, was also Jewish) why this was necessary and what it meant. He took me up close to the altar, which enshrined a particularly small Buddha statue. He pointed out to me that the statue's hands were in a bowing position. 'You bow to the Buddha, the Buddha bows to you,' he told me (or words to that effect). The idea was, I think, that when you are bowing to the Buddha, you are not bowing to any external power - there are no external powers in Buddhism. You are in fact bowing to yourself, your true self, which is identical to the Buddha. So, in a sense, your bowing is conditioning you to respect what is deepest and truest within you - and in everything and everyone else."
    Coming from a Christian background, bowing to buddha statues always felt a little weird, but I like this description of bowing to Buddha as bowing to the Buddha-Nature in us all, and i thought you guys might like it as well!

    Gassho, John
    ST/LAH

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    Thank you John - I like that "You bow to the Buddha, the Buddha bows to you"

    Bowing to the Buddha statue, I thank Shakyamuni for showing this path.
    Bowing to the Buddha statue, I thank our ancestors and our teacher for keeping this practice alive so it could reach us.
    Bowing to the Buddha statue, I thank Treeleaf for constant support.
    Bowing the Buddha statue, I am grateful for my life.


    Gassho

    Risho
    -stlah

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    Quote Originally Posted by Risho View Post
    Thank you John - I like that "You bow to the Buddha, the Buddha bows to you"

    Bowing to the Buddha statue, I thank Shakyamuni for showing this path.
    Bowing to the Buddha statue, I thank our ancestors and our teacher for keeping this practice alive so it could reach us.
    Bowing to the Buddha statue, I thank Treeleaf for constant support.
    Bowing the Buddha statue, I am grateful for my life.


    Gassho

    Risho
    -stlah
    Risho,
    This is how I always feel about bowing. It's a way of saying thank you to all.

    Gassho
    stlah
    Shoki

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    Lovely quote. Thank you, John!


    Verse of Purity While Abiding in the World

    Abiding in this ephemeral world
    Like a lotus in muddy water,
    The mind is pure and goes beyond
    Thus we bow to Buddha.


    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -sattoday-
    ------------------------------------
    Feel free to message me if you wish to talk about issues around practicing with physical limitations. This is something I have been sitting with for a fair while and am happy to help with suggestions or just offer a listening ear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kokuu View Post
    Lovely quote. Thank you, John!


    Verse of Purity While Abiding in the World

    Abiding in this ephemeral world
    Like a lotus in muddy water,
    The mind is pure and goes beyond
    Thus we bow to Buddha.



    Gassho
    Kokuu
    -sattoday-


    Gassho,
    Tom
    SatLah

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    This is helpful. Thanks John

    Gassho
    Matt
    Sat/Lah

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