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Mudras : Buddhist hand positions

Golden Buddha in Bhumisparsha mudra

These various Buddhist hand positions are called Mudras and are thousands of years old.

The various body postures, hand positions and leg positions have different symbolic meanings, each of considerable importance to students of Buddha.

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Abhaya Mudra

The Abhaya mudra is the gesture of no-fear.
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Bhumisparsha Mudra

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

This gesture recalls the Buddha’s first sermon.
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Dhyana Mudra

This mudra is also being called the gesture of meditation.
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Varada Mudra

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

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

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