- Symbols of Deeper Meaning
symbolic gestures of the hands of Buddha images, called mudras,
are picture tools of identification of deeper meaning:
Gesture of Teaching (Dharmacakra Mudra) with
both hands in front of the breast, tips of the index finger and
the thumps touching.
Gift bestowing Gesture of Compassion (Varada Mudra)
the right hand pendant with the palm turned outwards.
Gesture of Meditation (Samadhi Mudra) with both
hands resting on the lap, palms upwards.
Gesture of Fearlessness (Abhaya
Mudra) the right hand slightly elevated, the palm turned outwards,
also called the Gesture of Renunciation.
Gesture of Debate explaining the Buddhas teachings
(Vitaka Mudra) with the hands raised and the tips of the forefingers
and the thumbs touch each other.
Gesture Warding off Evil (Tarjani Mudra) with
forefinger and little finger outstretched.
Gesture of Prayer (Namaskara Mudra) with the palms
Gesture Beyond Misery (Buddha-Shramana Mudra)
also called an ascetics Gesture of Renunciation.
Gesture of Warding off Evil (Bhutadamara Mudra) this
is a protection gesture.