Dhyana Mudra

Dhyana Mudra

  • Mudra of meditation and concentration and of attainment of spiritual perfection.
  • Assumed to be the mudra the Buddha adopted when meditating and reaching enlightment under the Pipal tree.
  • Gesture also adopted since time immemorial by yogis during concentration and mediation excercises.
  • Indicating perfect balance of thought, rest of senses and tranquility.
  • May be made with one or both hands. When made with a single hand the left one is placed in the lap, while the right may be engaged elsewhere. The left hand making the Dhyana mudra in such cases symbolizes the female left-hand principle of wisdom. Ritual objects such as a text, or more commonly an alms bowl symbolizing renunciation, may be placed in the open palm of this left hand.
  • When made with both hands, the hands are generally held at the level of the stomach or on the thighs. The right hand is placed above the left, with the palms facing upwards, and the fingers extended. In some cases the thumbs of the two hands may touch at the tips, thus forming a mystic triangle.
  • Position of the Samadhi mudra with the joined thumbs forming a triangle is symbolic of the Triratna (Three Jewels) namely the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. The triangular form also indicates the firmness of the body and of the mind.

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