Paul Brunton Philosophic Foundation homepage > Notebooks of Paul Brunton

The old-fashioned Chinaman of the pre-Communist era and of that long 1500-year period when the writings of Confucius were the lore of the land would not dream of accompanying his spoken greetings with a handshake. He would make at most a dignified bow or at the least a nod of the head. To him the shaking of hands was a polluting thing.

-- Notebooks Category 15: The Orient > Chapter 3: China, Japan, Tibet > # 31

The Notebooks are copyright © 1984-1989, The Paul Brunton Philosophic Foundation.