A sagacious student does not depend on his teachers words, but uses his own experience to find the truth.
~ Bodhidharma ~
Two monks were arguing about the temple flag waving in the wind.
One said, “The flag moves.”
The other said, “The wind moves.”
They argued back and forth but could not agree.
Hui-neng, the sixth patriarch, said: “Gentlemen! It is not the flag that moves. It is not the wind that moves. It is your mind that moves.”
The two monks were struck with awe.
“By bowing we are giving up ourselves. To give up ourselves means to give up our dualistic ideas. …Usually to bow means to pay our respects to something which is more worthy of respect and ourselves. But when you bow to Buddha you should have no idea of Buddha, you should just become one with Buddha, you are already Buddha himself. When you become one with Buddha, one with everything that exists, you find the true meaning of being. When you forget all your dualistic ideas, everything becomes your teacher, and everything can be the object of worship.”
– “In your practice you should except everything as it is, giving to each thing the same respect given to a Buddha. Here there is Buddhahood. Then Buddha bows to Buddha, and you bow to yourself. This is the true bow. If you do not have this firm conviction of big mind in your practice, your bow will be dualistic. When you are just yourself, you bow to yourself in it’s true sense, and you are one with everything. Only when you are you yourself can you bow to everything in its true sense. …Bow with this spirit and all the precepts, all the teachings are yours, and you will possess everything within your big mind.”
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi