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Three Steps One Bow

With One Heart Bowing

to all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the ten directions for a peaceful world

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American Bhikshus Heng Ju and Heng Yo, who during 1973 and 1974 made a pilgrimage for world peace from Gold Mountain Monastery in San Francisco to Marblemount, Washington, bowing once every three steps. The pilgrimage was inspired by monks in ancient China who would bow every third step for thousands of miles to a famous monastery or a renowned teacher. 

Three Steps, One Bow - Bowing journal of Bhikshu Heng Ju and Bhikshu Heng Yo

Excerpts: 

Heng Ju's Introduction

30 October 1973 Poison Oak Toilet Paper

31 October 1973 Berry Pie on the Monastery Roof

27 November 1973 I Was Free

15 August 1974 A Good and Wise Advisor

Song For Two Heroes

Photographs

The day has already passed, life is shorter.  Like fish in an evaporating pond what joy is there in this?  

Great assembly!

Take heed, be vigorous.  As if your head depended on it.  Be mindful of impermanence and never lax for an instant.

 

 

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ACROSS THE SEA OF SUFFERING IN A BOAT OF VOWS 

On several occasions over the past several years in the Jeweled Hall of the Great Heroes, Bhiksu Heng Ju has made the following vows before the Great Assembly at Gold Mountain Monastery:

1. I vow never to become involved with women so that I might cultivate the unsurpassed Way.

2. I vow to eat only one meal a day.

3. I vow to become a bhiksu in every life.

4. I vow to take the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua as my teacher in every life.

5. I vow to make progress in the Way every day.

6. Seeking for a peaceful world, I vow to bow once every three steps to all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the ten directions, starting at Gold Mountain Monastery in San Francisco, California, and finishing in Marblemount, Washington.

 

In order to aid Dharma Master Heng Ju on his pilgrimage, Bhiksu Heng Yo has made the following vows:

1. To carry and be responsible for supplies and equipment.

2. To take care of worldly affairs in order to let Heng Ju bow uninterruptedly.

3. To bow whenever I have a chance.

From Vajra Bodhi Sea (May 1974) http://www.bbdc2000.org/vbs/1974/may1974.htm