Himalayan Art Resources

Subject: Hand Gestures (Common)

Hand Gestures Main Page

The vast majority of all gestures found in Himalayan art are represented in the examples below.

Shakyamuni Buddha - Gestures:
- Meditation
- Earth Touching
- Turning the Wheel of Dharma
- Display of Miracles
- Right palm facing, left grasping the robes
- Others...

Five Symbolic Buddhas - Gestures:
1. Vairochana - teaching the Dharma (turning the wheel)
2. Akshobhya - earth touching
3. Amitabha - meditation
4. Ratnasambhava - generosity
5. Amoghasiddhi - blessing

Miscellaneous Buddhas - Gestures:
- Buddha Nagaraja - nagaraja gesture
- Medicine Buddha - generosity & holding a medicinal plant
- Thirty-five Confession Buddhas - various gestures (some unique)
- Vairochana - essence of Enlightenment gesture

Miscellaneous Tantric Gestures (Mudras):
- Vajradhara - vajra embrace gesture
- Humkara - humkara gesture
- Bhutadamara Vajrapani - subduing demons gesture
- Green Tara - protection gesture
- Mahasiddha Virupa - pointing or wrathful gesture
- Mahasiddha Jalandhara - flaming, or dakini gesture
- Avalokiteshvara, Chaturbhuja - prayer, respectful (anjali) gesture

Iconic Gestures of Teachers & Siddhas:
- Jalandhara
- Jatson Nyingpo
- Karma Pakshi
- Marpa
- Milarepa
- Padampa Sanggye
- Shri Simha
- Tangtong Gyalpo
- Virupa
- Others...

Jeff Watt, July 29th, 2010 [updated 5-2017, 1-2020]

(The images below are only a selection of examples from the links above).