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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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Has Buddha ever talked about Mudras?

I have seen images of Buddha in different mudras like karana mudra etc on the Internet. However I have not read about any mudras in suttas. My question is : Is there any Sutta which talks about mudras ...
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Are there any instructions on the pose of hand during meditation?

As I see and learn there are typically two different positions of palms and hand that I see people meditating in. One is keeping the palms turned up and kept on knees like this picture; which is a ...
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What raised mudra is depicted on the Buddha rupa at the London Peace Pagoda and what does it mean?

What raised mudra is depicted on this particular Buddha rupa at the London Peace Pagoda and what does it mean? Also, which Buddha is this?
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When I empty out intentions and relax in meditation, what is this force that moves my body in complex patterns?

When I empty out intentions and relax in meditation, what is this force that moves my body in complex patterns? For example, when I let go for a bit I start walking and making circles and doing ...
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Shambhawi mudra and Buddhism

Do Buddhists use the Shambhawi mudra ? What kind of tradition use it and for which purpose? (if possible with some references)
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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'...
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