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When the ten fingers are folded together, they form symbolically the two aspects (active and passive) of the One Reality. When outspread they symbolize ten aspects of its human expression, thus: Left hand: little finger=benevolence, next=virtue, middle finger=submission, resignation, calmness, index=strength, thumb=meditation; Right hand: little finger=comprehension, understanding, next=practical method used, middle finger=ideals, index finger=power and thumb=highest knowledge. This plan was drawn up by Chinese Mahayana.

-- Notebooks Category 15: The Orient > Chapter 3: China, Japan, Tibet > # 144

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