Master Jun Hong Lu’s Discourse
22 August 2017
RETREAT BY WALKING BACKWARDS TO SHOW RESPECT
Question: I noticed fellow Buddhist friends walk backwards when heading over to the prostration mat after offering incense in the Guan Yin Hall. Even I walk backwards for a considerable distance after performing prayers. I wonder if it is appropriate, as I am a little confused as Master mentioned that we should never walk backwards.
Answer: It is alright to walk backwards for a short distance. For example, out of respect, a monk will walk backwards towards the door when exiting my room. To walk backwards inside the Guan Yin Hall is to avoid turning our back towards Bodhisattvas. However, you should be careful not to trip over and fall.
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