Archive for the ‘Buddha Hand Gestures’ Category

Explanation of the different Mudras (hand gestures) represented in sculptures of the Buddha Mudras are a non-verbal mode of communication and self-expression, consisting of hand gestures and finger-positions. They are symbolic signs and are used to evoke in the mind awareness of divine powers or the deities themselves. The composition  [ Read More ]

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Made with two hands joined vertically in front of the chest, as in the attitude of prayer. Evokes an offering of good feelings of one towards another Also indicates veneration if it is made at the level of the face This Mudra is reserved for praying figures – which often  [ Read More ]

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Vitarka mudra – Gesture of reasoned Exposition

The hand is held closer to the chest than in the Abhaya Mudra. The palm is facing outward. A circle is made with the index finger and the thumb. The other three fingers point upward. Initially made with the right hand, later on the gesture is often portrayed with both  [ Read More ]

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The hand lowered with the palm facing outward is the gesture of bestowing blessings or of giving charity. The hand is extended downward, palm out. Mostly on standing Buddha images, but sometimes also represented in the sitting position. Mudra offering, giving, welcome, charity, compassion and sincerity It is the Mudra  [ Read More ]

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Abhaya Mudra – Gesture to assuage fear

Symbolises protection, benevolence and peace, and the dispelling of fear Generally made with right hand raised to shoulder height, the arm crooked, the palm of the hand facing outward, the fingers upright and joined This mudra – appears to be a natural gesture, probably used in prehistoric times as a  [ Read More ]

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