The name Namaste in Chinese / Japanese...

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Namaste - Greeting

 hé shí
 gou juu
Namaste - Greeting 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).

合十 is the Chinese form (not well-known in Japan) of this word which is used to describe a Buddhist (or Hindu) greeting with palms closed together prayerfully, generally at chest level. However, this selection of characters describes the act and is not a word spoken during the greeting. Words or a greeting are seldom spoken when two Buddhists meet. The greeting is silent and respectful but composed completely of body language.

Note that the greeting namaste and the act of placing palms together are used both as a hello and goodbye (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.

 hé zhǎng
Gassho Scroll

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.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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hé zhǎng
    he2 zhang3
ho chang
 gasshou / gassho

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to clasp hands; to put one's palms together (in prayer)
(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


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hé chàng
    he2 chang4
ho ch`ang
    ho chang
 gasshou / gassho
chorus; to chorus
(noun, transitive verb) (1) singing together; singing in union; chorus; (noun, transitive verb) (2) ensemble singing; choral singing; chorus


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 gasshou / gassho
(noun/participle) (See 秦,連衡,六国・1) alliance (esp. originally of the Six Kingdoms against the Qin dynasty)


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 gasshou; goushou / gassho; gosho
    がっしょう; ごうしょう
(n,vs,vi) {photo} being in focus; bringing into focus


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yī xīn hé zhǎng
    yi1 xin1 he2 zhang3
i hsin ho chang
 isshin gasshō
single-mindedly joins palms


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


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


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gōng jìng hé zhǎng
    gong1 jing4 he2 zhang3
kung ching ho chang
 kyōkyō gasshō
join one's palms in sincere reverence


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yuè jīng mó ní
    yue4 jing1 mo2 ni2
yüeh ching mo ni
 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.



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lián huá hé zhǎng
    lian2 hua2 he2 zhang3
lien hua ho chang
 renge gasshō
hands on top of each other in lotus position



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cháng guì hé zhǎng
    chang2 gui4 he2 zhang3
ch`ang kuei ho chang
    chang kuei ho chang
 chōki gasshō
kneels down and joins hands

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 juhé shí / he2 shi2 / he shi / heshiho shih / hoshih
Gassho合掌gasshou / gashohé zhǎng / he2 zhang3 / he zhang / hezhangho chang / hochang

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