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Buddha Statue Meanings - Right Hand Raised - Showing The Flat of The Right Hand

Right Hand Raised - Protection from evil, warding off fear.

This is typically in a standing pose, but you can also see a seated pose with right hand raised which means the same.

Right hand raised - Buddha statue meanings - Thailand - Chiang Mai - Old City - Wat Dok Ueang - Dokkham

Buddha with his right hand raised - Thailand - Chiang Mai old city - Wat Dok Ueang AKA Wat Dokkham

Buddha with his right hand raised of Abhaya Mudra

The Abhaya mudra ("mudra of no-fear") represents protection, peace, benevolence, and dispelling of fear.

In the Theravada, it is usually made with the right hand raised to shoulder height, the arm bent and the palm facing outward with the fingers upright and joined and the left hand hanging down while standing.



Buddha Statue Meanings - Right Hand Raised

Buddha Right Hand Raised Showing The Flat of The Right Hand

In Thailand and Laos, this mudra is associated with the walking Buddha, often shown having both hands making a double Abhaya mudra that is uniform. The Buddha at the back of this group of Buddha images is in the double Abhaya mudra position.

Buddha hand - Mathura - Wheel of Dharma - Ashmolean Museum, OxfordThe Abhaya mudra was probably used before the onset of Buddhism as a symbol of good intentions proposing friendship when approaching strangers. In Gandhāra art, it is seen when showing the action of preaching and also seen in China during the Wei and Sui eras of the 4th and 7th centuries.

The gesture was first used by the Buddha when attacked by an elephant, subduing it as shown in several frescoes and scripts. In Mahayana, the northern schools' deities often used it with another mudra paired with the other hand.

In Japan, when the Abhaya mudra is used with the middle finger slightly projected forward, it is a symbol of the Shingon sect.


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This Buddha in Thailand - Koh Samui - Chedi Laem Sor is
in the double Abhaya mudra position

Left hand raised in the The Abhaya mudra

Unusually this Thai Buddha has just the left hand raised in the The Abhaya mudra or "mudra of no-fear"


The Dharma Wheel

Spokes of the Dharmachakra - "The Dharma Wheel" Meaning - The Dharma Wheel Symbol - The Dharma Wheel Image - 8 spokes representing the Noble Eightfold Path (Ariya magga)

In Buddhism—according to the Pali Canon, Vinayapitaka, Khandhaka, Mahavagga, the number of spokes of the Dharmachakra represent various meanings:

8 spokes representing the Noble Eightfold Path (Ariya magga).
12 spokes representing the Twelve Laws of Dependent Origination (Paticcasamuppada).
24 spokes representing the Twelve Laws of Dependent Origination and the Twelve Laws of Dependent Termination (Paticcasamuppada).
31 spokes representing 31 realms of existence (11 realms of desire, 16 realms of form and 4 realms of formlessness).


Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo is a Japanese Buddhist chant based upon the Lotus Sutra. Nichiren Daishonin (Feb 16, 1222 – Oct 13, 1282) a Buddhist monk who lived during the Kamakura period (1185–1333) in Japan. Nichiren taught devotion to the Lotus Sutra, entitled Myōhō-Renge-Kyō in Japanese, as the exclusive means to attain enlightenment and the chanting of Nam-Myōhō-Renge-Kyō as the essential practice of the teaching. Various schools with diverging interpretations of Nichiren's teachings comprise Nichiren Buddhism.
Nam - To devote one's life
Myoho - Myo is the mystic nature of life and Ho, its manifestation
Renge - "Lotus Flower"; which symolises the ballance of cause and effect
Kyo - Sutra, the voice or teachings of Buddha (The sound or vibration that connects everything in the ubiverse)


As the Buddha had never claimed to be a god, it is evident that he never prescribed the form of worship that was to be rendered to him. A legend, however, attributes to him the institution of this form of worship

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