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Beyond six key mudras there is not much agreement in various reference works as to what are the most important mudras. Each of these has a standard name in Sanskrit, Chinese and Japanese.I will refer to the Sanskrit name and provide an English equivalent, as available.One of the many intriguing aspects in our study and practice of Buddhism is the multiple layers of meaning associated with almost everything we encounter.Something seemingly simple and straightforward as the wonderful Buddha image that is the focal point of our shrine is at the same time replete with various levels of interpretative detail one could choose to pursue more fully.The purpose of the mudra remained the same, to indicate to the faithful in a simple way the nature and function of the deities represented.In viewing any Buddhist representational art it is important to keep in mind that there will likely be variations in the exact form or position in the elements of any given mudra, given the historical and cultural context of the artifact’s creation.

As Buddhism spread to China a further usage of the term came to identify mudras as ‘marks of identify’ of the deity being personified.Mudras are one of six principle iconographic themes in Buddhism, particularly in esoteric Buddhism.Briefly noted, these other principle thematic elements are mandalas, asanas, thrones, aureoles, and implements and accessories of the deities.There are numerous variations and elaborations among them.Finally, implements and accessories of the deities accompany many mudra, symbolizing material and spiritual virtues and powers of the deity represented.These regularly include lotus thrones, stands or chairs, demons and lower deities, and support animals, such as lions, elephants, peacocks, etc.

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