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合掌 is the act of greeting someone (can also be done when departing) with hands brought together in a prayerful manner.
In India, this would be accompanied by the verbal greeting and blessing of "Namaste." In China, Japan, and Korea, this is how Buddhists will greet each other. Sometimes done by people who are not devout Buddhists in China, Japan, and Korea to show respect, reverence or great thanks to someone for a gift, forgiveness, or some honor that has been bestowed.
In Japan, this is almost always associated with a deep bow. In China where bowing is not an everyday occurrence, there may be a shallow bow but the act will be done with deep feeling. Korean culture seems to have more bowing than China but less than Japan.
See Also: Namaste
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your gassho search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| hé zhǎng / he2 zhang3
gasshou / gassho がっしょう
| to clasp hands; to put one's palms together (in prayer)
(noun/participle) (1) pressing one's hands together in prayer; (2) triangular frame of a thatched roof; (3) Yours sincerely; Yours truly; Sincerely yours; (surname) Gasshou
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
More info / calligraphy:
| gasshou / gassho がっしょう
|| (noun/participle) alliance (esp. originally of the Six Kingdoms against the Qin dynasty)
| hé chàng / he2 chang4
ho ch`ang / ho chang
gasshou / gassho がっしょう
| chorus; to chorus
(n,vs,adj-no) chorus; singing in a chorus
| goushou / gosho ごうしょう
gasshou / gassho がっしょう
| (noun/participle) being in focus (in photography); bringing into focus
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Gassho||合掌||gasshou / gasho||hé zhǎng / he2 zhang3 / he zhang / hezhang||ho chang / hochang|
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