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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).

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.


hé zhǎng
Gassho Scroll

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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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Namaste - Greeting合十gou juu / goujuu / go ju / gojuhé 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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Simple Dictionary Definition



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kòu tóu / kou4 tou2
k`ou t`ou / kou tou
 koutou / koto / こうとう
Gassho Scroll
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]
(noun/participle) kowtow (bow made from a kneeling position wherein the forehead touches the ground)


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hé shí / he2 shi2
ho shih
Gassho Scroll
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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 oshino / おしの
Gassho Scroll
(interjection) (kana only) Hi!; Yo!; Hey man!; Hey dude!; greeting used between close male friends; (female given name) Oshino


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 konichiwa / こにちわ
Gassho Scroll
(ik) (interjection) (colloquialism) hello; good day (daytime greeting)


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bǎi nián hǎo hé / bai3 nian2 hao3 he2
pai nien hao ho
Gassho Scroll
may you live a long and happy life together (wedding greeting)


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


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


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


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



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bù shěn / bu4 shen3
pu shen
 fushin / ふしん
(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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bù qīng / bu4 qing1
pu ch`ing / pu ching
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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rén yi / ren2 yi5
jen i
 jingi / じんぎ
affable and even-tempered
(1) humanity and justice (esp. in Confucianism); virtue; (2) duty; (3) (perhaps derived from 辞儀) (See 辞儀・じんぎ・1,仁義を切る) formal greeting (between yakuza, street vendors, gamblers, etc.); (4) (gang's) moral code; (male given name) Miyoshi
humaneness and rightness


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 eshaku / えしゃく (noun/participle) (1) slight bow (as a greeting or sign of gratitude); nod; salutation; (noun/participle) (2) consideration; thoughtfulness


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


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chā shǒu / cha1 shou3
ch`a shou / cha shou
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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hé shǒu / he2 shou3
ho shou
to put one's palms together (in prayer or greeting); to work with a common purpose; harmonious; convenient (to use)


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



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wèn hòu / wen4 hou4
wen hou
to give one's respects; to send a greeting; (fig.) (coll.) to make offensive reference to (somebody dear to the person to whom one is speaking)



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wèn xùn / wen4 xun4
wen hsün
interrogation; greeting
to inquire


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



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huí lǐ / hui2 li3
hui li
to return a greeting; to send a gift in return
See: 回礼


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kè tào / ke4 tao4
k`o t`ao / ko tao
polite greeting; civilities; to exchange pleasantries


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gǒng shǒu / gong3 shou3
kung shou
 koushu / koshu / こうしゅ
to cup one's hands in obeisance or greeting; (fig.) submissive
(noun/participle) folding one's arms


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 aisatsu / あいさつ (n,vs,adj-no) (1) greeting; greetings; salutation; salute; polite set phrase used when meeting or parting from somebody; (n,vs,adj-no) (2) polite set phrase used to express apology, sympathy, congratulations, etc.; (n,vs,adj-no) (3) speech (congratulatory or appreciative); address; (n,vs,adj-no) (4) reply; response; (n,vs,adj-no) (5) (slang) revenge; retaliation; (expression) (6) (joc) (used sarcastically as a response to a rude remark; usu. in the form of ご挨拶) a fine thing to say; (expression) (7) (orig. meaning) (See 一挨一拶) dialoging (with another Zen practitioner to ascertain their level of enlightenment); (8) (archaism) relationship (between people); connection; (9) (archaism) intervention; mediation; mediator


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


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 jingi / じんぎ    jigi / じぎ (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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 mokurei / mokure / もくれい (noun/participle) nodding; greeting (with eyes)



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


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 shukuhaku / しゅくはく (interjection) (honorific or respectful language) (archaism) (See 敬白,粛啓) humble greeting at the beginning of a letter



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hè hán / he4 han2
ho han
letter of congratulations; greeting card (e.g. for New Year)

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