Buddhist Symbolism

Why Do Buddhists Join Their Palms?

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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

Buddhists join their palms as a graceful gesture to greet people, it also symbolizes the Dharma Realms and Buddha Nature, and concentrates our minds and heart with the Buddha’s teachings.

Thailand uses a beautiful gesture, called the “Wai“, which they incorporate into everyday life (see video below)

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