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Do I have to bow in front of a picture of Buddha every time I take refuge?

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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John P (I'm only a bug)
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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.… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »