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Mudras - Buddha hand positions

Mudras : Buddhist hand positions

These various Buddhist hand positions are called Mudras and are thousands of years old. These mudras are of great importance for the meaning of Buddha statues.

Bhumisparsha Mudra

Bhumisparsha mudra

This gesture is the mudra of witness (earth-touching)

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Namaskara Mudra

Namaskara mudra

The Namaskara mudra is the gesture of greeting, prayer and adoration.

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Abhaya Mudra

Abhaya mudra

The Abhaya mudra is the gesture of no-fear.

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Dharmachakra mudra

Dharmachakra mudra

This gesture recalls the Buddha’s first sermon.

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Varada Mudra

Varada mudra

The Varada mudra signifies offering, welcome, charity, giving and compassion.

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Vitarka Mudra

Vitarka mudra

The Vitarka mudra is the gesture of discussion and transmission of Buddhist teaching.

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Dhyana Mudra

Dhyana mudra

This gesture is the mudra of witness (earth-touching)

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