I don’t bow to you, I don’t bow to me.
I bow to that which made you and me.
Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki said “A master who cannot bow to his disciples cannot bow to Buddha.”
The practice of bowing is deeply humbling. It signifies seeing the worth in another. In bowing, we recognize the interdependence of all things; that the Master is Master because the student is, and the student is student because the Master is.
It is recognizing that there is no duality.