By Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD
In the Chinese language texts, the hand positions for Qianfeng Daoist meditation is often simply described as ‘手掐子午’ which can be translated as:
‘The left-hand rests palm-up on the palm of the right-hand, with the thumb of the left-hand touching the tip of its middle-finger. Simultaneously, the thumb of the right-hand presses the centre of the right-palm. This connects the circuit of Yin and Yang energy in the body.’
The phrase ‘手掐子午’ simply translates as ‘Close the meridians of the hands’, which in and of itself, tells use very little about the practice itself. This is typical of the Chinese Daoist tradition which requires a careful instruction received from a qualified master. The hand positions look like this:
Together with the crossed-legs, the Yin and Yang energy in the body is united and correctly channelled in both the arms and legs, as well as the torso, etc. Although the leg positions are similar to those found in Buddhist meditation, (in fact, Grand Master Zhao Bichen [1860-1942] was quite liberal regarding leg placement), the hand positions are very different and should be carefully studied.