Offering With Both Hands
Now I know I’ve been quoting The Lunar Tao a lot, and I swear I’m not trying to reprint the book on this blog, but today’s page really helped me realize how the small details make a big difference.
Every child is taught this:
When offering a bowl of rice, offer it with both hands.
When giving a gift, give it with both hands.
When receiving a bowl of rice, receive it with both hands.
When receiving a gift, receive it with both hands.
When greeting someone, clasp both your hands in greeting.
We use both hands because it shows we are being respectful and that we are giving all our attention. The worst thing is to give or receive carelessly, impolitely, or negligently.
Using both hands opens the way to reverence. (97) …