Buddhists around the world greet one another by joining their palms. But why?
By joining the palms, Buddhists greet people in a graceful gesture that is also a dignified way of greeting people. The origins of this date back to ancient India (Añjali Mudrā), however Buddhists have some unique symbolism associated with this gesture:
- Symbolizes the Dharma Realms: When all ten fingers are together, it symbolically makes all ten “Dharma realms” become one
- Buddha Nature: It reminds the person of the Buddha nature within every being
- Respect: Folding the palms shows respect
- Mind and Heart: Concentrates our minds and our heart with the teachings of the Buddha
Thailand uses a beautiful gesture, called the “Wai“, which they incorporate into everyday life (see video below)