Smiling Buddha Kriya

You may have seen this hand mudra in paintings and statues. It is a gesture of happiness, blessing, and prosperity, and it opens the flow of the Heart Center. Master the technique and experience the state it brings, then share it by creating beauty and peace.

The Practice

Posture: Easy Pose

Mudra: Extend the Jupiter (index) and Saturn (middle) fingers up and curl the Sun (ring) and Mercury (little) fingers, pressing them down with the thumb. Bring the hands up so the elbows are pushed back and a 30 degree angle is made between the upper arm and the forearm. The palms face forward and the forearms are parallel to one another. Make sure the elbows are pressed back and the chest is out.

Eyes: Eyes are closed. Concentrate at the Third Eye very powerfully.

Mantra: Saa Taa Naa Maa. Chant mentally at the Third Eye Point. Saa=Infinite; Taa=Life, existence; Naa=Death; Maa=Regeneration, light. These are the bij sounds of Sat Naam, which means, "I am Truth."


Continue for 11 minutes.


This kriya is said to have been practiced by many wise spiritual leaders including Buddha and Christ. The story goes that the great Brahmin who taught Buddha this kriya found him nearly starved and unable to walk after his 40-day fast under the fig tree. The Brahmin fed him and he began eating slowly. When Buddha finally started smiling again, the Brahmin gave him this kriya to practice.

“Smiling Buddha Meditation is extremely effective in providing the means to elevate ourselves… It is a meditation for repairing and opening the heart center. When the heart is open you can only feel elevated and blissfully fulfilled.” – Sewa Singh

© 3HO. This kriya is courtesy of YB Teachings, LLC.

This kriya can be found in the manual, KRIYA.

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