Karana Mudra Hand Gesture, The Ultimate Guide

“Karana mudra” technique is a powerful Buddhist hand gesture.

When I say powerful, I’m not kidding. The karana hand gesture has been proven to cure anxiety and depression and to create heightened levels of happiness.

It does this by removing what Buddhists call “obstacles.” Obstacles include things like depressive thoughts and feelings of unhappiness or anxiety. So, if you yourself are suffering from any sort of negative state, I highly recommend that you use the Karana technique.

But at the same time, the karana mudra is not exclusively for people suffering from depression. We all suffer from inner conflict, from negative thoughts, from fears and from anxieties, to some degree. None of us can honestly say that we experience no negative feelings. There are times when we all wish we could quieten and calm the mind.  And that is precisely what the Karana mudra does.



By learning the karana mudra technique you will purify your mind and create lasting happiness.

And the best part is that the karuna mudra is very easy to do.


The Karana Mudra is believed to remove obstacles and demons from your life. It is also very effective at treating depression and negative thinking. In order to make the Karana Mudra, simply touch the tip of the third finger to the tip of the thumb, and hold your remaining fingers upwards. You will notice that this is also the “Peace” gesture, and turned backwards it is the “Rock on gesture”—at least in the West.

 Karana Mudra Meaning

The Karana Mudra is also called the “Gesture Warding Off Evil.” It is used for the removal of negative energy, negative thoughts and obstacles in one’s life.



Useful Items for this Mudra 

Meditation Cushion: To truly achieve a meditative state you need to be sitting comfortably and with good posture. Meditation cushions will help here. Read our guide to picking and buying a meditation cushion HERE. 

Mala: Malas help you to count your breaths and to count mantra recitations. A mala will also create energies useful to your aim. The type of energy a mala provides is dependent on the material it’s made from. Read our guide to picking the ideal mala HERE. 

Optional: It is worth pick up a good guide to mudras. Many books list hundreds of mudras for use in all different occassions. For my personal recommendations on the best mudra books HERE. 


Discover more mudras in my complete guide to mudras.



Paul Martin Harrison

Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher, author and journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Paul has helped thousands of people to discovery their true potential. Don’t miss Paul’s inspirational and enlightening book Journey To The Buddha Within You.

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