The Lotus Palms


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The Padmahasta -Lotus Hands, 'Kinetic'-Mudra:

All SEED 'Hands' (Palms) in the Lion's Roar! Tantric Martial Art are part of a special division of techniques known in Sanskrit as the:  Padma-Hasta "Lotus Palms"   Han: This includes the Pak-Hok-Tan-Juang 白鶴彈 手 "White Crane Springing Palm methods",  which are a developed class of the Padma-Hasta.

However, there is a special sequence of hand motions that appears at the end of every Lion's Roar Form, these are the Padma-Hasta-Mudra,  the 'Lotus Palm Seal'   Han:  or specifically 祕印 'secret' and 'esoteric' seals.

The Padmahasta: Padma=Lotus Hasta=Hand sequence of movements is an Action/Kinetic-mudra at the end of all the Lion's Roar! Nata's (Forms) 工伎鬼   

Starting with the Namaskara Mudra (Han: Tong-Ji-Bai-Faht - Child Worshiping the Buddha's Dharma) - the 'prayer' position over the heart

The Namaskara Mudra is held over the Dharma-Chakra
法輪 (transmission of the Law-Dharma, or 'heart' Chakra) See:  Mudra Signs and Seals Link

The hands open out to the sides so that the fingertips of the middle fingers touch the thumbs are placed behind the hand. the eight visible fingers represent an eight petaled Lotus flower - each petal for one path of the Noble 8-Fold Path -
八聖道the root of the path to enlightenment in the Buddha's Dharma.

The the hands move forward and then 'open out' symbolizing the opening out from the heart of the Dharma in the Lion's Roar! Tantric Martial Art. The Art is transmission of the Dharma. The position they open out into is as in a 'Tan-Sau' position. The arms then revolve as in a Huen-Sau and withdraw to the waist, thence into the Dhyana (meditation) Mudra over the Navel Chakra.

There are four basic hand positions (for each hand) The Tong-Ji-Bai-Faht (Han) or Namaskara Mudra, is two 'Wu-Sau' positions, the fingertip extension of the 8 petaled Lotus flower, is as two 'Fook-Sau's', the opening out to transmit - to 'issue' (Sanskrit 'Tan' - to issue to extend or stretch out) is in two 'Tan-Sau' (Spring-Hand) palm up positions. The revolving hands (circular) as two 'Huen-Sau' positions complete the circle of transmission - it is to 'Turn The wheel Of Dharma
轉法輪.  In all 4 positions - the Four Noble Truths - times 2, making 8 actions - the 8 Fold Path 八聖道

These four positions are the four basic short bridge hands in the Tantric Lion's Roar Martial Art, NOT a complete list, but the four basic ones.

The return to the Dhyana Mudra reminds the L-R martial artists of the Bodhisattva Vow, to remain in Samsara until all sentient beings have been liberated by Dharma. So, each Form is a transmission, a Karma-Yoga , and at the end, a return to 'contemplation' or Dhyana-Yoga .

Vishnu  (Krishna is an Avatar of Vishnu)

In the Hindu Mahabarata, the central transmission is the Bhagavad Gita - The Divine Song, where Vishnu
韋紐天, in his incarnation as Krishna guides the Warrior Arjana 阿周陀那on the eve of a great battle, thru the Yoga's to enlightenment. Note that in the Gita, Krishna states that to some, he is known as 'Indra'.   因陀羅- (in Sanskrit: इन्द), the Vedic God whose weapon is the Vajra 金剛. There are many Yoga's in the Transmission of the Gita, but special place is given to Karma-Yoga and Dhyana Yoga.

 One of Krishna (Vishnu's) many other names in the Hindu Sanatana Dharma is:

Padmahasta = he with "Hands Like a Lotus"

  Indra                                        Weilding the Vajra in his Right Hand

The Tantric Disciples and Students of Lion's Roar! should be instructed in the meaning of this sequence of Mudra's, so as to be mindful of their Buddhist and Hindu traditions.

In Hinduism, Buddha is sometimes said to have been an incarnation of Vishnu/Krishna.  Indra, Krishna and Vishnu are interchangeable.  Krishna, the Padmahasta: he with the Lotus Hands, is therefore both Indra and Buddha.

The Hindu and Buddhist roots of the art of Lion's Roar Tantric Martial Art still live.