Why do we prostrate or bow to the Buddha?

To bow or prostrate before an image of the Buddha is not idol-worship. We prostrate out of deep veneration. We rejoice in Buddha’s attainment of the supreme Enlightenment and perfection of all virtues. When we practise prostration, we gradually overcome our egoistic feelings and cultivate the openness to learn the ways of the Buddha. So, prostrate mindfully. It allows your mind to calm down and be focused.




How to prostrate?

There are two styles of prostration that the School practises: the Theravada style and the Chinese Mahayana style.




Chinese Mahayana tradtional style 汉传佛教礼佛方式

问讯 Gesture of paying respect



Theravada traditional style 南传佛教礼佛方式






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