Vitarka Mudra : Our Complete Guide To Buddha Teaching Hand Position

Vitarka Mudra Meaning

Vitarka means “Discussion” in Sanskirt. The mudra is the “Gesture of Discussion.” The  mudra is performed by placing the index finger and thumb together at the tips while holding the remaining fingers straight.


Vitarka Mudra Benefits

There are many variants of the Mudra in Mahayana Buddhism.

The Mudra promotes the energy of teaching and of discussion and helps to prevent us from entering argumentative states of mind.

When using the Mudra you will feel a calming energy that is useful for reducing internal conflict. This energy opens our mind to intellectual conversation and evokes a feeling of silent wisdom.

The Mudra is commonly seen in images and statues of the Buddha.

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Take a look at my guide to Buddhist and Hindu mudras for more.


Paul Martin Harrison

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