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    Everyday Gassho

    Hi everyone!

    I'm currently trying to integrate gassho into everyday life practice; giving a gassho and small bow/nod when greeting others and saying goodbye and when saying thankyou. I've felt a little self conscious at fist but am finding that melting away to reveal an enhanced sense of respect for others, allowing me to better see the buddha nature in all of us.

    Do any of you guys do anything similar? How do you feel about this sort of practice?

    Thanks for reading!



    Gassho

    Ryan

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    I either say this or Namaste. Something is good shows mindfulness.
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    Hello Ryan,

    Well, it depends on who I am with, but in most cases I gassho in my heart and it is expressed with a smile. So that way we can part ways with a warm smile from the heart. Whether I shake hands, fist bump, or gassho, the heartfelt gassho is always present. =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shingen View Post
    Hello Ryan,



    Well, it depends on who I am with, but in most cases I gassho in my heart and it is expressed with a smile. So that way we can part ways with a warm smile from the heart. Whether I shake hands, fist bump, or gassho, the heartfelt gassho is always present. =)



    Gassho

    Shingen



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    That's really beautiful, shingen, thanks.

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    Well, I live in Japan, and everybody bows to everybody here ... so this is easy!

    Whenever I go back to the US, though, the checkout women in the grocery and taxi drivers always wonder and seem a bit confused why I am still bowing to them.

    We have our Ango practice involving saying "thank you" throughout the day, and it strikes me as like this. Lovely Practice.

    Gassho, Jundo
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    I second this!! Where I live it would scare folks if I bowed

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    Randy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich View Post
    That's really beautiful, shingen, thanks.

    SAT today

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    I like the sentiment. If I had to choose a greeting that conveyed genuine well-wishing to a stranger, I'd probably opt for a simple "How are you?" Though it is regarded--and often responded to--as banal or less-than-sincere among people who actually know each other (really just a precursor to the "meat" of the conversation), I think asking a passerby how they are conveys an openness, sincerity, and a warmness for others that extends beyond the typical close circle of compatriots. Of course, if I haven't sat zazen that day, I might greet even those that I love with a grunt or snarl.

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    Matt
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zuhair View Post
    Though it is regarded--and often responded to--as banal or less-than-sincere . .
    Perhaps a "verbal Gassho" is possible, it would depend on the greeting and the situation. For example even after a police officer had my car towed I surprised him with my last words to him of "Stay safe". Or a simple nod and smile to the TSA agent at the airport is probably much different from the typical response they receive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc42968 View Post
    Perhaps a "verbal Gassho" is possible, it would depend on the greeting and the situation. For example even after a police officer had my cay towed I surprised him with my last words to him of "Stay safe". Or a simple nod and smile to the TSA agent at the airport is probably much different from the typical response they receive.

    Sat
    Very cool. And very good.

    Gassho

    Randy
    sattoday

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shingen View Post
    Hello Ryan,

    Well, it depends on who I am with, but in most cases I gassho in my heart and it is expressed with a smile. So that way we can part ways with a warm smile from the heart. Whether I shake hands, fist bump, or gassho, the heartfelt gassho is always present. =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

    #justsat
    Yeah -- nothing more to say to that

    Gassho,

    Risho
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    I've been trying to do the same. It has been a little more awkward than I expected, but I feel that overcoming the awkward is a part of the practice of doing this exercise. For me, the visible act is important. My goal is to merge the physical demonstration and the verbal statement of thanks, which in Western culture I feel is lacking. I want to surprise or maybe throw people off in a little bit of an unexpected way. It helps to bring thankfulness to their mind as well, maybe helping them to be more visibly thankful as well.

    Gassho,
    Ken
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    No... I stick to cultural norms in this area. Doing this seems like it would just create more separation and also awkwardness for the other party. Sometimes awkwardness is just awkwardness, not something that needs to be worked through.

    I think Shingen has a reasonable approach.
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    Kaishin (開心, Open Heart)
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    Hi Ryan,

    I do gassho to everyone I can and with all my heart. Specially when I say thanks. Sure, people look at me funny, some smile, but at the end most of people will nod or bow back.

    It's fun, but most importantly, to practice this makes you set the ego aside and lose the fear to be criticized.

    Sometimes I also wear a clown nose

    But then again, I'm that weird.

    Gassho,

    Kyonin
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    The 'hands together' greeting is common where I live, so I don't have to feel self-conscious. In fact, it fits right in...! balinese-greeting-5122537.jpg

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    I remember on time when I Gassho'd to a fellow Buddhist in a public setting, and a person who saw us asked me if I was "praying to Jesus" and asked if he could join us (I forget the rest of the circumstance). I believe I said something like, "No, we are Buddhists and that is a way of greetings and respect in Buddhist countries. However, we would be happy to pray to Jesus with you." So, as I remember, we all did.

    Do not be surprised if folks in America and elsewhere assume your Gasshos are Christian prayers of some sort. I think it makes little matter if thinks so or what you think, for it is all Expedient Means to express what you wish to express, and the thanks and blessings flow all around.

    Gassho, J

    SatToday

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    What a wonderful question

    I also gassho 'in my head' like Shingen. Right after Sesshin though when I'm used to gassho-ing all the time I sometimes, unthinkingly (is that a word?), do it 'out loud' . Usually people smile, and lately I do it on purpose now and then, and like in Jundo's and Kyonin's experience, to my surprise people do gassho back now and then with a funny smile. Somehow gasshoing out-loud i feel communicates something extra, more heartfelt than the usual 'have a nice day' to the cashier at the grocery store.

    Gassho!

    Ongen
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    Ha, this is good timing. Last night we went to dinner at a local Japanese steakhouse where they do all the tricks with cooking. I love it! This is an annual tradition where we go for my and my sister in law's birthday; at the end they hit a portable, hanging metal drum (I don't know what it's called). They give us paper chef's hats and sing happy birthday to us in English and Japanese. At the end I gassho'd -- it was great! hahah

    Gassho,

    Risho
    -sattoday

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    Thank you everyone for reading and replying
    I use it a lot at work, especially with colleagues. I've occasionly added a (half jokingly) namaste, and funnily enough it's started to catch on! A few of my work mates have started giving me a gassho back and a namaste! So in that respect I feel it's broken down a lot of feeling self-conscious about the practice and makes it a bit more fun as well

    I've also found it encourages me to be more courteous and mindful about how I interact with others if I give them a gassho as I say hello (or namaste ), thank you, goodbye etc. especially if I find myself feeling impatient or irritated by the individual (and working as a carer for 34 individuals with dementia impatience, stress and irritation do, unfortunately, arise from time to time), so I'm definitely finding it a beneficial practice so far



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    Ryan

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    I try to gassho in my mind during the day. I also have something I do at the end of the day where I give a full prostration bow to three things or people who seemed challenging or difficult during the day. I find that throughout the day, when I come across a difficult person or situation, I think to myself, "this is going to be one of my 3 for the day". I do a mental bow at that moment and see what else the day brings.

    Gassho, Entai
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    Quote Originally Posted by Entai View Post
    I try to gassho in my mind during the day. I also have something I do at the end of the day where I give a full prostration bow to three things or people who seemed challenging or difficult during the day. I find that throughout the day, when I come across a difficult person or situation, I think to myself, "this is going to be one of my 3 for the day". I do a mental bow at that moment and see what else the day brings.
    I like the idea of the prostrations to difficult or challenging people don circumstances, might be something I try working with

    Thanks everyone again



    Gassho

    Ryan

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