After those two monks began their ďthree steps, one bowĒ pilgrimage, Guo Yi [Bhikshuni Heng Yin] also wanted to make a resolve to follow in their footsteps, literally. Itís a good thing I didnít let her go. Otherwise, the two monks would surely have failed in their pilgrimage. Why is this? They would be bowing on the one hand and worrying about how to help this nun on the other. If there were a nun bowing behind them, both sides would have had false thoughts about helping each other, which would have detracted from the sincerity of their resolve. Thatís why I didnít okay this. I didnít give my permission for this.
Later, another monk, Guo Hui [Bhikshu Heng Lai], wanted to go bow with the two. Although this wish was not bad, itís easier to take care of the matters of food and shelter when there are only two people. There is just enough room for two in the tent. There is not enough room for three people, even if they sit up, and the tent would be very stuffy and suffocating. Therefore, I didnít allow Guo Hui to join them, either.
If two people bow, they have a certain amount of merit. If three people bow, the world will not say, ďOh, look, thereís one more!Ē and have more faith as a result. Such a bowing pilgrimage influences people to make a commitment to realize bodhi . Two people are sufficient to make this influence felt; there is no need for a third person.