Taking refuge is of course repeating this: Homage to Him, the Exalted One, the Worthy One, The Supremely Enlightened One
Homage to Him, the Exalted One, the Worthy One, The Supremely Enlightened One
Homage to Him, the Exalted One, the Worthy One, The Supremely Enlightened One
I go to the Buddha as my refuge.
I go to the Dhamma as my refuge.
I go to the Sangha as my refuge.
For the second time, I go to the Buddha as my refuge.
For the second time, I go to the Dhamma as my refuge.
For the second time, I go to the Sangha as my refuge.
For the third time, I go to the Buddha as my refuge.
For the third time, I go to the Dhamma as my refuge.
For the third time, I go to the Sangha as my refuge.

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  • Good morning, Patrick Marlowe.

    Personally, in my practice and as I have been instructed, bowing or prostration is a sign of submission of the Ego and respect to the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. Obviously, much we do is symbolic. The Buddha does not need our prostrations but we need to become humble and prostration is an aid in this regard. A lot may may depend upon the tradition that one follows. So, yes, while I either bow or prostrate before the rupa as I have been instructed and before my prayers, a person following another tradition may not. If you have a qualified teacher, however, I suggest you discuss the matter with him or her.

    May all be at peace.

  • some says all that matters in Buddhism is the mind. indeed it is. but to reach deep till this mind.
    one has to undergo through many cause and condition. It could be better to say thank you to someone or do something positive or bow down to express your feeling that simply saying nothing. like is shamata meditation in order to bring down your mind first one need to pass counting. this kind of physical involvement is very important for the satisfaction for other n oneself. It gives the feeling. this ll help not only you but anybody who is witnessing can creat some kind of accumilation. that is why buddha said three line. 1) do not harm other (bodily action) 2) do positive much as you can ( bodily) 3) tame your mind. see only in the third teaching is about mind.

    the one who says all that matters in Buddhism is the mind ( only mind) is practically dont have any idea of buddhism. trying to leave in dream world.
    otherwise if all that matters in Buddhism is the mind then question, why people become monk, why temple, why buddhist teaching, why refuge ceremony, why offering, and so on no?

    so therefore its very important to bow,to repeat the words with action.
    HOW NICE IT COULD BE IF YOU HAVE SAID THANK YOU DOCTOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE WAS GREAT. THIS WILL MAKE YOU FEEL MORE BETTER AND OFCOURSE THE DOCTOR LL HAVE A GOOD FEELING. IF YOU FILL INSIDE AND SAID NOTHING. MAY BE DOCTOR LL THINK WHAT A BAD EDUCATION HE HAS.

    HERE WE ARE NOT TALKING BODILY ACTION VS MIND ACTION.

  • I don’t and I’m a Buddhist. Though, I am thankful of him for finding out the cure for the mind just like I am thankful of the doctors for giving me cure to my illness. I just do not believe in the physical act of bowing. All that matters in Buddhism is the mind. Nothing else matters in the physical world.

    As to your question on whether or not you should bow in front of an image of the Buddha, it depends on you and your tradition. I don’t believe that there is one single correct way to enlightenment. I believe that there are many ways to righteousness. That being said, you don’t have to feel like you are forced to bow in front of an image of Buddha. No human beings like to be forced to do something. The Buddha did not demand us to bow to him. In fact, the Buddha bowed to no one. As the Buddha said:

    “Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves. ” – dhammapada

    For me, I don’t see the act of bowing is as important as integrating everything the Buddha taught into my everyday life. Bowing doesn’t necessarily bring peace to every sentinent being, but if you feel that you must bow to show your thank you to the founder of this cure. By all means, go ahead and bow to your heart’s content since it doesn’t harm anyone to bow and it also doesn’t help anyone but yourself. If you are following tradition, then take a look at this quote by the Buddha and think about it. I know it’s a very common quote, but still 🙂

    “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”

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