The Bow

It has become something of a tradition at Naropa University to begin classes and meetings with a bow. Although this ritual is by no means compulsory, it seems to have taken widespread hold at the university over the years.

The bow is a traditional greeting in Asian cultures, and is a signal of openness and respect. The bow is also found in many Buddhist practices. At Naropa, we bow towards our teachers and to each other.

The meaning of the bow is an acknowledgment of the respect we have toward one another in all our differences and similarities. Although we may hold different opinions and come from different backgrounds, we honor the person at the center of those experiences. By bowing to one another, we recognize the capacity within each us to bring goodness into the world.