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Buddhist Mudras – Common Right Hand Buddhist Mudras?

Buddhas and Bodisattvas and frequently other deities are shown with their hands forming a number of different ritualized and stylized poses (Mudras). They may be holding different objects as well within these poses. Each by itself and in combination with others have specific meanings. Some of the more common right hand buddhist mudras are depicted below.

Common Right Hand Buddhist Mudras

Below are the few common right hand buddhist mudras

Gesture of Protection (abhaya): This gesture is also called “Gesture of Fearlessness” or “blessing” or “fearless mudra”. Generally, this position is shown with the palms(s) facing outward and the fingers extended upwards. The arm is elevated and slightly bent. You can find abhayamudrâ sometimes also as a left-hand gesture. This mudra is characteristic of Buddha Shakyamuni and Dhyani Buddha Amogasiddhi.

Gesture of Argument (vitarka):
Also called “The Gesture of Debate” or “discussion” mudra. In this gesture the tips of thumb and index finger touched forming a circle. All the other fingers are extended upwards. This is the mystic gesture of Taras and Bodhisattvas, often used when explaining the Buddhas teachings.

Gesture of ascetic (shramanamudrâ):
This gesture is also called renunciation mudra. The hand points downward away from the body as a symbol for renunciation of secular pleasures.

Gesture of Threatning (tarjana): This gesture is also called “warning” mudra. Only the index finger is raised either horizontally or vertically, while the other fingers are locked up in the fist. You can find abhayamudrâ sometimes also as a left-hand gesture. This mudra is characteristic of most of the wrathful deities.

Gesture of Understanding (cincihna): In this mudra, the thumb and index finger grasp a fine object as a a grain of truth. This is a symbol for spiritual understanding.

1 response to Buddhist Mudras – Common Right Hand Buddhist Mudras?

  1. Great I particularly like the shramanamudra – I find it happens to me naturally when I meditate.

    Thanks for your info!

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