sexta-feira, 24 de outubro de 2008

dharmachakra mudra

In this mudra the thumb and index finger of both hands touch at their tips to form a circle. This circle represents the wheel of dharma, or in metaphysical terms, the union of method and wisdom. The other three raised fingers symbolize the teaching of the buddhist doctrine.

The three extended fingers of the right hand represent the three vehicles of the Buddha's teachings:

- the middle finger represents the 'hearers' of the teachings
- the ring finger represents the 'solitary realizers'
- the little finger represents the Mahayana or Great Vehicle.

The three extended fingers of the left hand symbolize the three jewels of buddhism: buddha, dharma and sangha.

The hands are held in front of the heart close to the chest, symbolizing that these teachings are straight from the buddha's heart.

This mudra symbolizes the occasion when he preached to his companions the first sermon after his enlightenment in the deer park at sarnath. This event is often referred to as the setting into motion of the wheel of the teaching of the dharma.

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