June 30, 2012 Leave a Comment
Buddhism is just one of many beliefs that can be found in a multicultural city such as Houston. I was surprised to find out that there are several variations of Buddha, with multiple poses. In fact, the handposes, or mundras of the Buddha have significant and varied meaning. They are the positions that illustrate the life of Buddha, can number at 100, each pose with a specific hand position. The pose might symbolize meditation, protection, perfection or others.
From what I can tell from a little research, “Dhyana” mudra statues show the Buddha with one hand or both in his lap, which symbolizes wisdom. This seems to be the case at the Hoi Thanh Buddhist Temple in southwest Houston.