Buddhist mudras offer an important complement to Buddhist meditation methods.
In my ultimate guide to mudras I revealed everything Buddhists need to know about the history, science, and background of mudras.
Mudras are a way of training the mind and of healing the body. Buddhist mudras, however, are usually about training the mind in the ways of the Dharma.
Let’s take a look at the top 7 Buddhist mudras.
Buddhist Mudras That All Buddhists Should know
There are 7 essential Buddhist mudras that you need to know. These are the mudras that the Buddha taught and they are essential for all practicing Buddhists.
- Also read my guide to the best hand positions to boost health.
1. Abhaya Mudrā
Here on THE DAILY MEDITATION I previously wrote about how to earse fear from your mind.
The Abhaya mudra (Fearless mudra) is a Buddhist way of removing fear from your mind.
Imagine living without fear.
You would be infinite and limitless. You would be completely free.
That’s what the Abhaya mudra is all about. It removes fear from the mind and replaces it with inner peace.
This mudra is another way of stopping fear (including worries, stresses, pressures, etc.)
The Meaning of the Abhaya Mudra
Abhaya is a mudra with a very important meaning.
The word Abhaya is Sanskrit for “Fearless.” This isn’t fear in the modern sense though. It’s fear that includes stress, anxieties, worries and so on.
The gesture is ancient and has a clear body language meaning too. By showing that the hand is empty the individual shows friendship and peace. In the west the gesture could easily be confused with a Stop sign. And this is important.
The gesture stops the pressures of the outside world from entering the mind.
In Buddhism the Abhaya mudra shows the power of the Buddha or Bodhisattva and their fearlessness. It is said that this is the gesture made by the Buddha after finding enlightenment. The Buddha used the gesture again when close to being attacked by an elephant. It is said that on seeing the gesture the animal calmed and ceased its attack.
The Abhaya Mudra Position
The mudra is the simplest mudra to use.
- To make the gesture, hold your hand at shoulder height with the palm facing outwards.
- It is usual for the opposite hand to be positioned in the gift-giving mudra (varada).
- Read our guide to Varada mudra so you know how to hold the other hand.
There are serious benefits from the Abhaya Mudra
The Abhaya mudra creates feeling of fearlessness and protection.
It is a very empowering mudra which will stabalise individuals and create calm and security.
Try the mudra now. Do you feel the power and fearlessness in your mind when you hold your hand in this position? Notice how powerful the mudra is? You can actually feel its effect within a few moments of doing it.
Abhaya is a mudra we could all use more often. It is a powerful mudra that immediately grounds us and restores our power.
The fearlessness this mudra produces is invaluable.
Living with a fearless mind is essential for enlightenment. And it’s essential in everyday life too.
The most successful and happiest people are those without fear. People like Buddha, Ghandi… they were fearless. And they made the impossible happen.
Try combining the Abhaya mudra with these techniques for fearlessness. You will find the combination of the mudra and meditations is…. immense.