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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.


See Also:  Namaste


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合掌

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Mandarin hé zhǎng / he2 zhang3
Taiwan ho chang
Japanese gasshou / gassho / がっしょう
Chinese to clasp hands; to put one's palms together (in prayer)
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) pressing one's hands together in prayer; (2) triangular frame of a thatched roof; (3) (at the end of Buddhist correspondence) (See 敬具) Yours sincerely; Yours truly; Sincerely yours; (surname) Gasshou
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合唱

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Mandarin hé chàng / he2 chang4
Taiwan ho ch`ang / ho chang
Japanese gasshou / gassho / がっしょう
Chinese chorus; to chorus
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) chorus; singing in a chorus

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合従

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Japanese gasshou / gassho / がっしょう Japanese (noun/participle) (See 秦,連衡,六国) alliance (esp. originally of the Six Kingdoms against the Qin dynasty)

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合焦

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Japanese gasshou;goushou / gassho;gosho / がっしょう;ごうしょう Japanese (noun/participle) being in focus (in photography); bringing into focus

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一心合掌

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Mandarin yī xīn hé zhǎng / yi1 xin1 he2 zhang3
Taiwan i hsin ho chang
Japanese isshin gasshō
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反叉合掌

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Mandarin fǎn chā hé zhǎng / fan3 cha1 he2 zhang3
Taiwan fan ch`a ho chang / fan cha ho chang
Japanese honsha gasshō
One of the twelve forms of folded hands, i. e. with interlocking fingers; hands folded with interlocking fingers

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合掌叉手

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Mandarin hé zhǎng chā shǒu / he2 zhang3 cha1 shou3
Taiwan ho chang ch`a shou / ho chang cha shou
Japanese gasshō sashu
to put the hands together and fold the fingers.

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恭敬合掌

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Mandarin gōng jìng hé zhǎng / gong1 jing4 he2 zhang3
Taiwan kung ching ho chang
Japanese kyōkyō gasshō
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月精摩尼

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Mandarin yuè jīng mó ní / yue4 jing1 mo2 ni2
Taiwan yüeh ching mo ni
Japanese gasshō mani
(月精) The pearl or jewel in the fortieth hand of the 'thousand hand' Guanyin, towards which worship is paid in case of fevers; the hand is called 月精手; moon essence jewel

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莲华合掌

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Mandarin lián huá hé zhǎng / lian2 hua2 he2 zhang3
Taiwan lien hua ho chang
Japanese renge gasshō
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長跪合掌


长跪合掌

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Mandarin cháng guì hé zhǎng / chang2 gui4 he2 zhang3
Taiwan ch`ang kuei ho chang / chang kuei ho chang
Japanese chōki gasshō
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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Gassho合掌gasshou / gashohé zhǎng / he2 zhang3 / he zhang / hezhangho chang / hochang



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