Mudra Magic: Dhyana Mudra, The Hand Gesture of Meditation


Dhyana Mudra, The Hand Gesture of Meditation


Name: Dhyana Mudra or "Yoga Mudra" 

Meaning: According to Buddhism, the god 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 (Wisdom Library). 

What It Does: This 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 (Religion Facts). 

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 20 minutes per day. 

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

Photo: Parker Peterson