Vitarka mudra – Gesture of reasoned Exposition

Vitarka Mudra

Vitarka Mudra

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 hands
Sometimes also substituted for the Dharmachakra Mudra

  • Sometimes called “Mudra of Explanation”
  • This Mudra is made with both hands in Abhaya and Varada, but with the thumbs touching the tips of the forefingers.
  • Symbolises one of the phases of the teaching of the Buddha, that of discussion or dispensation of the Dharma.
  • This is the Mudra that convinces listeners and leads them to conversion or enlightenment.
  • Variant of the Mudra:
    Thumb may not completely touch the forefinger, or it may extend beyond it on the side

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