Fist bump!

Okay I never knew it was called the fist-bump. A guy from lab used to have one with me whenever he saw me in the morning. I caught the wind and starting doing it to random people too.

Today’s news reported that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama did his first fist bump! Haha!

Then I googled fist bump. I didn’t know that Obama did the fist bump with his wife after he won the Democrat nomination! Cooool!

And trust the Yankees to have National Fist Bump Day on June 3rd because of that!

But guys, fist bump is no longer in:

And yesterday just read Bhante Dhammika’s blog post on greetings, where what struck me was the quote from the Sonadanda Sutta (DN 4):

When people went to meet the Buddha they always found him welcoming (ehisagatavadi), friendly (sakhila), polite (sammodaka), genial (abbhakutika), engaging (uttanamukha) and the first to speak (pubbabhasi), and while he accepted greetings and gestures of respect from others, he was not overly concerned about whether or not this was done or how it was done.

After a man named Sonadanda took the Three Refuges, he confided to the Buddha that he had a particular problem. He was a brahman and his income depended on the respect other brahmans held him in. If they saw him bowing to the Buddha he would lose the respect of his peers and his income would suffer.

‘So if on entering the assembly hall I put my hands together in greeting, consider it the same as if I had stood up for you. If on entering the assembly I remove my turban consider it the same as if I had bowed at your feet. If when riding in my chariot, I were to get down to salute you others would criticize me. So if I pass you in my chariot and I just lower my head, consider it the same as if I had got down and bowed at your feet.’

The Buddha had no problems with Sonadanda’s way of paying respect, presumably because he had sympathy with his predicament and because how social formalities were done was of little importance to him.

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