Why do we place our palms together?
Placing one’s palms together at chest level is a traditional gesture to express deep reverence to the Triple Gem. When Buddhists greet one another, they hold their palms together like a budding lotus* flower. “I offer you a lotus, may you be enlightened soon!” This greeting acknowledges the seed of awakening or Buddhahood in the other person, and we wish one another well-being and happiness. Placing our palms together also has a focusing and calming effect on the mind.
So, next time you see a Venerable, Principal, teacher or fellow Buddhist friend, place your palms to greet them respectfully. In this way, you are also receiving well-wishes and respect in return.
* Lotus symbolizes purity of our nature