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Namaste - Greeting in Chinese / Japanese...

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Namaste - Greeting

China hé shí
Japan gou juu
Namaste - Greeting Wall Scroll

The word namaste comes from Sanskrit and is a common greeting in the Hindi and Nepali languages exchanged by devout Hindu or Buddhist people in Southern Asia (especially India).

Here you can see the Chinese form (and Japanese but not well-known in Japan) of this word which is used describe a Buddhist (or Hindu) greeting with palms closed together in a prayerful manner, generally at chest level. However, this selection of characters describes the act, and is not a word spoken during the greeting. In fact, words or a greeting is seldom spoken when two Chinese or Japanese Buddhists meet. The greeting is silent, and respectful but composed completely of body language.

Note that the greeting namaste as well as the act of placing palms together are used both as a hello and goodbye (kind of like the word aloha in Hawaiian).


If you are looking for a welcoming hello and goodbye, you may want to consider gassho or a simple welcome.

Gassho

China hé zhǎng
Japan gasshou
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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.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

叩頭


叩头

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Mandarin kòu tóu / kou4 tou2
Taiwan k`ou t`ou / kou tou
Japanese koutou / koto こうとう
Chinese to kowtow (traditional greeting, esp. to a superior, involving kneeling and pressing one's forehead to the ground); also written 磕頭|磕头[ke1 tou2]
Japanese (noun/participle) kowtow (bow made from a kneeling position wherein the forehead touches the ground)
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Kowtow - The deepest bow

合十

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Mandarin hé shí / he2 shi2
Taiwan ho shih
Japanese gōjū
Chinese to put one's palms together (in prayer or greeting)
合爪; 合掌 To bring the ten fingers or two palms together; a monk's salutation; to make salutation with the two palms together
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Namaste - Greeting

押忍

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Japanese oshino おしの
Japanese (interjection) (kana only) Hi!; Yo!; Hey man!; Hey dude!; greeting used between close male friends; (female given name) Oshino
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Osu / Affirmative

こにちわ

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Japanese konichiwa こにちわ
Japanese (ik) (interjection) (colloquialism) hello; good day (daytime greeting)
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Konichiwa

百年好合

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Mandarin bǎi nián hǎo hé / bai3 nian2 hao3 he2
Taiwan pai nien hao ho
Chinese may you live a long and happy life together (wedding greeting)
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100 Years of Happy Marriage

まし

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Japanese mashi まし
Japanese (auxiliary) (1) (polite language) please; (2) used to increase the politeness of a greeting, apology, etc.

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ませ

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Japanese mase ませ
Japanese (auxiliary) (1) (polite language) please; (2) used to increase the politeness of a greeting, apology, etc.

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やあ

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Japanese yaa / ya やあ
Japanese (interjection) (1) Yo! (greeting); (2) Wow! (expression of surprise)

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不審


不审

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Mandarin bù shěn / bu4 shen3
Taiwan pu shen
Japanese fushin ふしん
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) incomplete understanding; doubt; question; distrust; suspicion; strangeness; infidelity
A term of greeting between monks. i. e. I do not take the liberty of inquiring into your condition; unattended

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不輕


不轻

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Mandarin bù qīng / bu4 qing1
Taiwan pu ch`ing / pu ching
Japanese fukyō
Never Despise, 常不輕菩薩 a previous incarnation of the Buddha, as a monk whose constant greeting to all he met, that they were destined for Buddhahood, brought him much persecution; see the chapter of this title in the Lotus Sutra; not despising

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一礼

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Japanese ichirei / ichire いちれい
Japanese (noun/participle) bow (salute, greeting)

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仁義


仁义

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Mandarin rén yi // rén yì / ren2 yi5 // ren2 yi4
Taiwan jen i // jen
Japanese miyoshi みよし
 hitoyoshi ひとよし
 jingi じんぎ
Chinese affable and even-tempered; benevolence and righteousness
Japanese (1) humanity and justice (esp. in Confucianism); virtue; (2) duty; (3) formal greeting (between gamblers); (4) (gang's) moral code; (male given name) Miyoshi; (male given name) Hitoyoshi; (surname, given name) Jingi
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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会釈

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Japanese eshaku えしゃく
Japanese (noun/participle) nod; salutation; greeting; recognition; bow

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午安

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Mandarin wǔ ān / wu3 an1
Taiwan wu an
Chinese Good afternoon!; Hello (daytime greeting)

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叉手

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Mandarin chā shǒu / cha1 shou3
Taiwan ch`a shou / cha shou
Japanese shashu
The palms of the hands together with the fingers crossed forming ten. Also, the palms together with the middle fingers crossing each other, an old Indian form of greeting. In China anciently the left hand was folded over the right, but with women the right hand was over the left. In mourning salutations the order was reversed; folding the palms of the hands together with the fingers crossed

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合手

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Mandarin hé shǒu / he2 shou3
Taiwan ho shou
Chinese to put one's palms together (in prayer or greeting); to work with a common purpose; harmonious; convenient (to use)

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客套

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Mandarin kè tào / ke4 tao4
Taiwan k`o t`ao / ko tao
Chinese polite greeting; courtesy (in words)

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問候


问候

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Mandarin wèn hòu / wen4 hou4
Taiwan wen hou
Chinese to give one's respects; to send a greeting

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問訊


问讯

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Mandarin wèn xùn / wen4 xun4
Taiwan wen hsün
Japanese monjin
Chinese interrogation; greeting
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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商祺

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Mandarin shāng qí / shang1 qi2
Taiwan shang ch`i / shang chi
Chinese business is auspicious; conventional greeting at the foot of a letter: May your business go well!

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回礼

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Japanese kairei / kaire かいれい
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) going from door to door greeting relatives and friends; (2) complimentary visit for the New Year

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回禮


回礼

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Mandarin huí lǐ / hui2 li3
Taiwan hui li
Chinese to return a greeting; to send a gift in return

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挨拶

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Japanese aisatsu あいさつ
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) (1) greeting; greetings; salutation; salute; polite set phrase used when meeting or parting from somebody; (2) polite set phrase used to express apology, sympathy, congratulations, etc.; (3) speech (congratulatory or appreciative); address; (4) reply; response; (5) (slang) revenge; retaliation; (expression) (6) a fine thing to say (used as part of a sarcastic response to a rude remark); (7) dialoging (with another Zen practitioner to ascertain their level of enlightenment)

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接送

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Mandarin jiē sòng / jie1 song4
Taiwan chieh sung
Chinese picking up and dropping off; greeting and sending off; shuttle (transport service)

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拱手

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Mandarin gǒng shǒu / gong3 shou3
Taiwan kung shou
Japanese koushu / koshu こうしゅ
 kyoushu / kyoshu きょうしゅ
Chinese to cup one's hands in obeisance or greeting; fig. submissive
Japanese (noun/participle) folding one's arms; being idle

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時儀

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Japanese jingi じんぎ
 jigi じぎ
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (noun/participle) (1) (bowing and) greeting; (2) (archaism) declining; refusing; (out-dated kanji) (noun/participle) (1) (bowing and) greeting; (2) (archaism) declining; refusing

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磕頭


磕头

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Mandarin kē tóu / ke1 tou2
Taiwan k`o t`ou / ko tou
Chinese to kowtow (traditional greeting, esp. to a superior, involving kneeling and pressing one's forehead to the ground)

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粛白

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Japanese shukuhaku しゅくはく
Japanese (interjection) (honorific or respectful language) (archaism) humble greeting at the beginning of a letter

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目礼

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Japanese mokurei / mokure もくれい
Japanese (noun/participle) nodding; greeting (with eyes)

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賀卡


贺卡

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Mandarin hè kǎ / he4 ka3
Taiwan ho k`a / ho ka
Chinese greeting card; congratulation card

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Namaste - Greeting 合十gou juu / goujuu / go ju / gojuhé shí / he2 shi2 / he shi / heshi ho shih / hoshih
Gassho 合掌gasshou / gashohé zhǎng / he2 zhang3 / he zhang / hezhang ho chang / hochang

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