Friday, October 19, 2012

Shaking hands


Question : (Unedited)

Is it alright for a budhist man to shake hands with a woman, non budhist or other?

My comment:

Hi D,

Buddhism is about living peacefully with oneself and others.  How could one live peacefully when one cannot even shake hands with others?  Shaking hands has now been accepted globally as a gesture of coutesy and friendliness.  Of course if the other party refuses to shake hands with us, then it is their private decision.  There is nothing we can do about it, but just to respect their choice.  

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