In the tradition of Buddha there are three famous shelters:
Buddham sharanam gacchami: I go to the feet of the buddha, I surrender myself to the buddha.
Sangham sharanam gacchami: I go to the feet of the commune, I surrender myself to the buddhafield.
Dhammam sharanam gacchami: I surrender myself to the ultimate law.
And usually you do that on your knees and bend to the floor to touch it with your hands and forehead. It is a very very beautiful ceremony when it comes from your whole being. But I imagine it can be the most ugly one if somebody imposes it upon you.
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