Dhyana Mudra, the Hand Gesture of Meditation

Mudra meaning: According to Buddhism, the godhead sits in a meditation position and places the right hand inside the left hand in the lap with the palms turned up, and it indicates a condition of deep meditation. Dhyana Mudra is also known as “Yoga Mudra.”

What It Does: The Dhyana mudra is displayed by the fourth Dhyani Buddha Amitabha, and supposedly, by meditating on him, the delusion of attachment becomes the wisdom of discernment. This mudra helps the practitioner achieve this transformation.

How to Perform the Mudra: Place your right hand inside of your left hand with your palms facing up. Join your thumbs together. Place your hands on the level of the stomach or the thighs. The fingers are extended. In some cases, the thumb of the two hands may touch at the tips, forming a mythic triangle. This triangle symbolizes the Three Jewels of Buddhism, which include the Buddha himself, the Good Law, and the Sangha.

Length of Practice: Practice this mudra during meditation, ideally for one to two sessions of 10-20 minutes per day.

Pose Suggestion: Try practicing this mudra in lotus pose or a comfortable seating position during meditation.

Japa Suggestion: You can bless and empower your Buddhist prayer beads by placing the Buddha beads in your hands while you perform this mudra.

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