OregonBuddhist wrote:Thank you. If it is a Japanese word, does it follow that while it isn't specific to any one sect or school, it IS however specific to Japanese Buddhism?
) is the Japanese term for that mudra of joining the palms. It's just the Japanese way of sounding the characters 合掌 [印]. So you're unlikely to hear someone call that hand position "gassho" outside of a Japanese-language context.
Of course you'll hear other words for the same thing.