The Wheel of the Law

Here’s another detail of the famous Sarnath Buddha statue from the previous post. The Buddha is moving his hands in a way to suggest the spinning of a wheel. This gesture is called the Dharma Chakra Mudra, or turning of the wheel of the law (the laws or rules of Buddhism). The start of the turning of this wheel was the Buddha’s first sermon at Deer Park here at Sarnath. The lower part of the statue shows two deer flanking a wheel to symbolize this.