Bowing

When you bow to the Buddha, don't stand in the center aisle, because that is the space reserved for the Abbot. Bow to one side

When you bow to the Buddha, don't stand in the center aisle, because that is the space reserved for the Abbot. Bow to one side.

Whenever you go to a Buddhist temple you should be humble. Do not be arrogant. You should feel that everyone else is better than you, and that you have much to learn from them. For example, when you bow to the Buddha, don't stand in the center aisle, because that is the space reserved for the Abbot. Bow to one side. Don't cause those who see you to think, "Oh, your teacher is really stupid. He hasn't taught you anything. You don't even know how to bow to the Buddha."

August 20, 1975
Buddha Root Farm, p.49