Smiling Buddha Kriya

budhha kriya

Recently at a Meditation Workshop I was running at our beautiful LIFE RETREAT STUDIO, I taught this meditation for happiness.  It is a simple and powerfully transformative kriya.

And, so far I’ve been hearing wonderful reports from the attendees who have been doing it as a part of their personal daily practice.  I would like to share this technique with you, as a gift given to us by the Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan.


Time Needed: 3 min – 11 min

Historically this is a very outstanding kriya

It is said to have been was practiced by many enlightened masters. The great Brahman who taught Buddha this kriya found him in a nearly starved and unhappy condition. Buddha was unable to walk after his 40-day fast under the fig tree. He began eating slowly. That great Brahman fed him and massaged him. When Buddha finally started smiling again, the Brahman gave him this one kriya to practice.

You have probably seen this hand mudra or gesture in paintings and statues. It is a gesture and exercise of happiness and it opens the flow of the Heart Center. Don’t worry about learning this kriya to be a Buddha or a Jesus, just learn it to be yourself. Be a little selfish for your higher consciousness. Master the technique and experience the state it brings, then share it by creating beauty and peace.


  • Sit in Easy Pose (comfortable, cross legs) or on a chair if needed.
  • Extend the Jupiter (index) and Saturn (middle) fingers up and curl the Sun (ring) and Mercury (little) fingers, pressing them down with the thumb (image below)
  • Close your eyes; concentrate at the Third Eye (in between the eyebrows) very powerfully.
  • Bring the hands up so push back the elbows and make a 30-degree angle between the upper arm and forearm (image below). The palms face forward and the forearms are parallel to one another.
  • Make sure you press back the elbows and the chest is out. Mentally chant the Panj Shabad: Sa Ta Na Ma while focusing at the Third Eye Point. Sa = Infinite, Ta = Life, existence, Na = Death, Ma = Regeneration, light. These are the bij (seed) sounds of Sat Naam, which means, “I am Truth.”

To End:

Inhale deeply, exhale, open and close the fists several times, and relax.    

We all deserve happiness.  Thanks to the ancient technologies of yoga, we can help to shift the mental and emotional blocks that prevent us from living our bliss.  You need to do the work; but a meditation like this makes that work a lot easier – and life becomes even more  worth living.I would love to hear your experiences of this meditation, or read your comments below.May the long time sun forever shine upon you,Sevak Hari Singh(Ryan Gary Edmonds)

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The information contained in this blog comes from ancient yogic traditions. Nothing on this web site is medical advice.

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