Karamudra, aka: Kara-mudra, Karamudrā; 1 Definition(s)


Karamudra means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Karamudrā (करमुद्रा) refers to “mudrās connected with the body” and represents one of three kinds of Mudrā, as defined in the ‘mantra-utpatti’ chapter of the 9th-century Vajrāmṛtatantra or Vajrāmṛtamahātantra: one of the main and earliest Buddhist Yoginītantras. After solving her previous doubts (in verse 5-6), now Māmakī wishes to know the origin of the Mudrās (samayamudrā and so on) and the mantras of the māṇḍaleyas. The answer begins in stanza 9, where the Bhagavān states that the mudrās are of three kinds [viz., Karamudrā], based on body, speech, and mind (from which they arise or from which they are effected).

Source: De Gruyter: A Fragment of the Vajrāmṛtamahātantra
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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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