Symbolic Hand Gestures (Mudras)

 
Mudras - Symbolic Hand Gestures

 

Turning Wheel of Dharma

Turning Wheel of Dharma

Gesture of Turning the Wheel of Dharma

The thumb and index finger of the right hand stand for wisdom and method combined. The other three raised fingers symbolize the teaching of the Buddhist doctrine, which leads sentient beings to the paths of the beings of three capacities. The position of the left hand symbolizes the beings of the three capacities, who follow the combined path of method and wisdom.

Meditation

Meditation


Gesture of Meditation

The nerve channel associated with the mind of enlightenment (Bodhichitta) passes through the thumbs. Thus, joining of the two thumbs in this gesture is of auspicious significance for the future development of the mind of enlightenment.

Supreme Accomplishment

Supreme Accomplishment

Gesture of Bestowal of Supreme Accomplishment

The gesture of the right hand symbolizes bestowal of supreme accomplishment. That of the left hand symbolizes meditation. Together, they stand for the Buddha's power to bestow supreme and general accomplishments on his disciples, while he meditates.

Pressing the Earth

Pressing the Earth

Gesture of Pressing the Earth

The right hand gestures pressing the earth to bear witness. The position of the left hand symbolizes meditation. Together, they stand for the Buddha's overcoming of hindrances while meditating.

This gesture 'of touching the earth' or 'calling the earth to witness', commemorates Gautama Buddha's victory over temptation by the demon Mara.


Gesture of Turning the Wheel of Dharma while in Meditation

The gesture of the right hand stands for turning the wheel of Dharma, while that of the left hand symbolizes meditation. The two conjoined symbolize teaching the Dharma while in meditation.

 

Source: buddhanet.net

Saturday September 24, 2022
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