Here are DISGRASIAN’s rules regarding making Buddhist prayer hands in public. They’re very simple and, in our view, quite generous.
1) If you’re from a culture that actually uses them in greeting, pray away.
2) If you are a martial artist–even the world’s most revoltacious–pray like you’re under siege.
3) If your nickname is His Holiness, well, nuff said.
5) But if you’re a French actress walking the red carpet in Tokyo, bustin’ with the prayer hands cuz you’re in Asia and you’re trying to convey how spirituel you are…
…we’ll feel compelled to tell you that a) the Japanese don’t bow that way, and b) we’re praying for you and a speedy recovery from this affliction.
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