Adamantine wrote:In my lineage after taking refuge in the Buddha Dharma and Sangha in the formal way then one should prostrate three times to the three jewels in the morning (consecutively at one time) and then again in the evening while you say "Namo Buddhaya, Namo Dharmaya, Namo Sanghaya" which is roughly intoning the refuge. This is more than a bow, this is touching ones hands, knees and forehead to the ground at the least (there's also full prostrations which can become a type of physical yoga if done in large quantities). At the time of offering incense or anything else there are specific offering prayers one may say, this differs between traditions. In general, when bowing or prostrating then you pretty much nailed it: you are humbling yourself, surrendering your pride to the vastness of the awakened nature, both the Buddha nature that dwells within you and the fully realized nature of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas as well as their words of truth(dharma) that help lead suffering beings to this awakening and all those firmly rooted on the path whose lead you can follow(sangha).
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