佛學講座 - 佛學問答(English) - Are both hands to be placed in front of the abdomen during sitting meditation? Is that emulating the postures of the Buddha images?
Are both hands to be placed in front of the abdomen during sitting meditation? Is that emulating the postures of the Buddha images?

 

Height and length of arms together with proportion vary from one

individual to the next. Placing both hands in front of the abdomen may

not necessarily work for all. A practitioner with shorter arms if required

to place hands in front of the abdomen, for instance, needs to have

back bent and shoulders strained, even suffering in the end from

breathing reversed and subdued.

According to records from the sutras, the Buddha' s arms being

long enough to touch his knees was one of his 32 physical marks.

In assuming the lotus position, length of the Buddha' s arms enabled

him to place—lightly and easily—hands atop each other in front of the

abdomen whilst, in absolute independence, sitting up straight. So, it is

wonderful for meditators to competently emulate the postures of the

Buddha images and it is passable, too, for those with shorter arms to

simply place hands on thighs next to knees, sit up, hold abdomen,

keep waist straight, and hence assume comfort.