Poses and Gestures

SEARCH     Home     Site Map    Symbolism    Calendar     Karmapa     News    DONATE

What do the Buddhas' gestures signify?

Pose, gesture, costume, number of arms, implements (properly called attributes) and accompanying animal ("vehicle") help identify the deity and also, the meaning of the image.  This "language" is known as iconography.

The language of gestures or mudras derives from ancient priestly signs.  There is a recent theory that they are modeled after the actual sounds of the language as well as the meaning of words.  






Mudras in Buddhist & Hindu Practice "A Dictionary of Mudras" by F. Bunce, 2005.

Home ] Up ] Next ]

Animals ] Images ] Deity Menu ] Mysterious ] Ritual Items ] Objects ] Places Tied to Tibetan Tradition ] Nature ]

Copyright 1998-2018 Khandro.Net All rights reserved. This Web site is designed with Firefox as browser but should be accessible to others. However,  if you eliminate underlining in your Preferences you could miss some of our links.