We need to do many times of bowing and also kneel in order to receive the Bodhisattva precepts.
This might be a big challenge for some of us who do not exercise regularly or not use to bow, to prostrate five limbs (Hands, feet and head) on the ground.
It was so challenging as pain all over our body, leg, muscle…
Some might ask why a Buddhists bow to Buddha Statue?
Some might think that we are worshiping idols and also bowing to a statue of metal, wood or stone. This is a wrong perception.
As a Buddhists, we bow to Buddha statues, it act as a reminder, paying ultimate respect and gratitude to the teaching of Buddha, for showing us the path of enlightenment and at the same time, we repent for all past offences. This is a great way to practice being humble, let go “I”, “me”, “Mine” , purge arrogance and awaken the Buddha Nature. When we bow, we can feel that our body and mind is align, in ONE.
To me, this was the great opportunity to know how determine I am, to deepen my understanding on hidden potential, nothing limit us except our mind!
“The mind is everything. What you think you become.”
I saw an elderly uncle aged more than 70 years old, he also followed us to do the same daily, he was so energetic and di
He was our role model to further encourage us to go through this challenges in life even though our body in pain.
Besides, I also recalled that a great master, Master Hsu Yun, (1840-1959) successfully completed
an arduous “Three Steps, One Bow” pilgrimage across China, covering a distance of 1,000 miles,
2 years pilgrimage, Master Hsu Yun made from Mount Putuo to Mount Wutai to repay the
kindness of his parents. He bowed one thousand or more bows per day.
With all this inspiration, I am able to accomplished my daily homework for 2 days, to bow for 200 times per day, exclude other bowing throughout the day.
No matter, how tired, how painful…. I just do it with full determination, mindfulness and a heart of gratitude.
Don’t under estimate your potential!