A Buddha's pose can be a symbol of protection, meditation or contemplation, adoration, compassion, expelling negativity, self-confidence, teaching, cosmic order or supreme enlightenment. The variations in the statues is usually reflected as differences in hand gestures.
The outward, open palmed extension of the right hand is the symbol for protection, while two open hands with their thumbs forming a triangle is the symbol for meditation and contemplation. Adoration is expressed through a praying gesture. The right hand facing down with the left hand open, palm facing upward in the lap symbolizes calling for truth. The left hand of a Buddha with the palm extended outward and upward is a symbol of compassion. The two end fingers of the right hand extended with the two middle fingers pressing against the thumb is a way of expelling or warding off negative energy. Hands crossed over the chest conveys self-confidence. An open right palm with the index finger pressing against the thumb symbolizes teaching, and the right hand facing outward with the left hand facing inward with the thumbs and index fingers forming circles is a way of expressing cosmic order. Finally, two hands intertwined with the index fingers forming a triangle is a symbol that Buddha is in a state of supreme enlightenment.