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合掌 is the act of greeting someone (can also be done when departing) with hands brought together prayerfully.
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
These are the precepts of Reiki that are attributed to Usui Mikao.
Here is a breakdown of the characters and a rough translation:
Invite blessings of [the] secret method, 10,000 illnesses of spiritual medicine.
今日丈けは: 怒るな, 心配すな, 感謝して, 業をはげめ, 人に親切に。
At least for today: Do not be angry, do not worry, be grateful, work with diligence, and be kind to people.
朝夕合掌して, 心に念じ, 口に唱へよ, 心身改善。
Morning [and] evening perform gassho (join hands), [with your] heart/mind in silent prayer, [with your] mouth chant, [thusly] mind [and] body [will] reform/improve.
臼井靈氣療法！ -肇祖, 臼井甕男。
Usui Reiki Ryōhō! -Founder, Usui Mikao.
The middle portion of this is often titled, “The Five Principles of Reiki” and makes a nice calligraphy selection by itself. The Japanese text presented here can be considered the more verbose version.
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
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
gasshou / gassho
to clasp hands; to put one's palms together (in prayer)
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(n,vs,vi) (1) pressing one's hands together in prayer; (2) triangular frame of a thatched roof; (expression) (3) (at the end of Buddhist correspondence) (See 敬具) yours sincerely; yours truly; sincerely yours; (surname) Gasshou
the gesture of joining one's palms and putting them to the breast as an expression of reverence
| hé chàng
gasshou / gassho
(noun, transitive verb) (1) singing together; singing in union; chorus; (noun, transitive verb) (2) ensemble singing; choral singing; chorus
| gasshou / gassho
| gasshou; goushou / gassho; gosho
| yī xīn hé zhǎng
yi1 xin1 he2 zhang3
i hsin ho chang
| fǎn chā hé zhǎng
fan3 cha1 he2 zhang3
fan ch`a ho chang
fan cha ho chang
| hé zhǎng chā shǒu
he2 zhang3 cha1 shou3
ho chang ch`a shou
ho chang cha shou
| gōng jìng hé zhǎng
gong1 jing4 he2 zhang3
kung ching ho chang
| yuè jīng mó ní
yue4 jing1 mo2 ni2
yüeh ching mo ni
| lián huá hé zhǎng
lian2 hua2 he2 zhang3
lien hua ho chang
| cháng guì hé zhǎng
chang2 gui4 he2 zhang3
ch`ang kuei ho chang
chang kuei ho chang
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|
|Reiki Precepts by Usui Mikao||招福の秘法萬病の霊薬今日丈けは怒るな心配すな感謝して業をはげめ人に親切に朝夕合掌して心に念じ口に唱へよ心身改善臼井靈氣療法肇祖臼井甕男||shou fuku no hihou man byou no rei yaku kyou da ke wa oko ru na shin pai su na kan sha shi te gyou wo ha ke me hito ni shin setsu ni asayuu gasshou shite kokoro ni nenji kuchi ni tonae yo shin shin kaizen usui rei ki ryou hou cho so usu i mika o|
sho fuku no hiho man byo no rei yaku kyo da ke wa oko ru na shin pai su na kan sha shi te gyo wo ha ke me hito ni shin setsu ni asayu gasho shite kokoro ni nenji kuchi ni tonae yo shin shin kaizen usui rei ki ryo ho cho so usu i mika o
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