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the use of MUDRAS in Buddhist meditation?

researching the extent buddhists go to to make the ancient ritual of meditation more accessible to the modern mindset via the change/modification/removal of mudras.

DOES ANYONE HERE ACTUALLY USE MUDRAS IN THEIR BUDDHIST MEDITATING?
If so, why? and how do you still find it relevant to today’s society?

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travis
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well ok first i consider my self a buddhist but have not taken my vows yet but ok that irelavent but mudras can be represented by parfialy by which buddhist you chant/pray to. in other words by useing there mudras has in way nothing really with the meditaion but acutual that is considered tantric practice so in a way ur both wrong. no afence hope it help.

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I use a Buddhist meditation form which requires focussed, slow breathing. The physical attitude and mudras are largely irrevelant. I find they distract from right concentration on the breath.

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Dances with Buddha

I agree with P’ang and Erica.

When I meditate, I use Dhyana mudra (aka cosmic mudra).
When practicing certain asanas, I use Gyan mudra.

How is it relevant?
I have only a purely subjective answer: it “feels” right/better to do so, therefore it is of benefit for me.

Namaste’,
dwb

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Erica

I use mudras in my meditations, but I personally don’t like to think of it as amplifying any sort of energy. This is just my personal feeling and comfort level, since, frankly I feel a little silly telling myself that the energy from hand motions aids my practice. And I do think that this discomfort (with focusing on the energy aspect of it) is due to a “modern mindset,” as you say. I prefer to remember what the mudras represent, and use that symbolism to concentrate and focus my meditations. For me, this has been very helpful. Typically, my meditations… Read more »

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ʎəʌəəʍ ʎəʌəəd ʎəʌəəls

the buddha never taught anyone to use mudras as far as i know.

Anyway, they are totally unnecessary for meditation, which also isn’t a ritual.