The Dhyana mudra is the gesture of meditation and concentration. It is the mudra used by the Buddha under the bodhi tree when he attained enlightenment. The Dhyana mudra signifies the attainment of spiritual perfection. It emanates perfect balance and stillness.
The mudra is made when sitting. The hands are placed on the lap with the right hand above the left, with palms facing upwards. The thumbs of the two hands touch, making the symbol of the mystic triangle or Three Jewels of Buddhism which refers to what Buddhists take refuge in. Also known as the Three Refuges, they are: the Buddha (the historical Buddha or our Buddha nature—the highest spiritual potential that exists within us all); the dharma (the teachings of the Buddha that delineate a path to enlightenment); and the sangha (the community of Buddhists that supports one anothers’ practice).
If you are not familiar with mudras or would like a refresher, please read my introduction to mudras.
When making the Dhyana 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.
“I take refuge in the Buddha, the dharma, and the sangha.”
“Peace comes from within
Do not seek it without.”
-Master Chin Kung