Questions tagged [mudra]

A mudra (Listeni/muːˈdrɑː/; Sanskrit mudrā, "seal", "mark", or "gesture"; Tibetan: ཕྱག་རྒྱ་ THL chakgya) is a symbolic or ritual gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism.While some mudras involve the entire body, most are performed with the hands and fingers.A mudrā is a spiritual gesture and an energetic seal of authenticity employed in the iconography and spiritual practice of Indian religions.

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Is there a mudra associated with renouncement?

For meditation purpose, and for appeasing suffering, I think I need a symbol associated with renouncement. Is there a mudra that would particularly fit with this idea ? Or a symbol that would come to ...
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Why did the Buddha touch the earth at his enlightenment?

At the Buddha's enlightenment, he pointed to the earth or touched the earth, meaning the earth (or world) was adequate witness to his spiritual accomplishment or new status, or, perhaps the only ...
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Significance of hand placement in forming mudra

In Suzuki's "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" (online copy here), instruction is given on how to form the specific hand position (mudra) when meditating. He advocates "put[ting] your left hand on top of ...
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Does hand gesture have an impact on meditation or attainment of Nirvana?

The question regarding the gesture while sitting for meditation has always intrigued me. When I tried to ask this to a Vipassana teacher in my 10-day course, he put it off saying I should concentrate ...
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What is a Mudra and what do they mean?

In Buddhist iconography the figures are illustrated or depicted with various hand gestures. The symbolic hand gestures are called mudras. What is the significance of a Buddhist mudra? What are the ...
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How do Buddhists use mudras?

This is a practice question. I know both Mahayana buddhists and Vajrayana buddhists use mudras. In the former they show up in inconography, and hand resting positions while meditating, in the later it'...