Dharmachakra Mudra

Dharmachakra Mudra

  • May 12, 2014

The Dharmachakra mudra is the gesture of Buddha’s first sermon, referred to as turning the wheel of the Dharma. It is the mudra used by the Buddha while he preached his first sermon after he attained enlightenment. Given the placement of fingers near the heart, the teaching is seen to come straight from the heart. The Dharmachakra mudra signifies the wheel of Dharma being set into motion. It emanates the unification of skillful means and wisdom.

The right hand is at chest level with palm facing outwards. The tips of the index finger and thumb are joined creating a mystic circle. The left hand palm is turned inwards. The tips of the index finger and thumb are joined to touch the index finger and thumb of the right hand. The three other fingers of each hand are extended.

If you are not familiar with mudras or would like a refresher, please read my introduction to mudras.

Mudra Mantra
When making the Dharmachakra mudra, repeat this mantra, or verse that holds meaning, slowly and intentionally. Allow the energy of the mudra and the power of the mantra to penetrate ever more deeply.
May I set into motion the wheel of dharma.

“Be the change
you want to see in the world!”
–Gandhi