Choosing and Placing Your Buddha Statue
Buddha statues have never been more popular with people of all ages buying them for their homes and gardens. For some, it is purely decorative whilst others buy them to improve the Feng Shui of their home or create a peaceful spot for meditation.
The statues represent not only the many different physical Buddhas but also the Buddhist teachings of inner peace, protection and meditation. There are jolly laughing Buddhas, serious Buddhas, and sometimes just the Buddha head.
Placing Buddha in your Home
Original antique Buddha statues are both rare and expensive but there are some very good copies available in the form of statues, incense holders, jewellery and more. Buddha statues can be made out of stone, wood, concrete, metal and even paper.
Placing Buddha statues around your home can bring peace, positive energy, good health and prosperity. The Happy Buddha - Shakyamuni Buddha - is probably the most popular statue and brings good luck and abundance. Sometimes Buddha statues can be bought in pairs or even threes.
However, there are a few dos and don'ts when it comes to choosing a location for your Buddha.
- The area where you place your Buddha statue should be kept clean and uncluttered.
- Never place a Buddha statue in unsanitary surroundings, like a bathroom, kitchen or toilet.
- Avoid placing Buddha statues near machinery with moving parts or electrical outputs, TVs, computers and so on.
- Placing your Buddha statue in the garden is excellent for meditation and protection.
- Do not place your Buddha statue directly on the ground.
- To bring abundance to your home the Buddha needs to be facing the house.
- Try and place the Buddha facing east towards the sunrise.
In the home place the Buddha facing the room. If the Buddha is for protection face him at an entrance facing those who are entering.
Buddha statues may also be used in the work environment to focus the mind and attract success and wealth. It is fine to place the Buddha on a desk so long as the area is kept clean and tidy.
Which Buddha Statue to Choose
Finally, a short guide to the meanings of the different Buddhas:
Meditation Buddha: The Buddha sits in the Lotus position with both hands in his lap, face up and eyes closed.
Protection Buddha: The Buddha may be sitting or standing with a raised right hand.
Happy Buddha: Usually depicted sitting and smiling with a rounded belly and bald head. Some say you can rub the Buddha's belly for good luck.
Reclining (or Nirvana) Buddha: This is believed to represent the dying Buddha, lying on his right side, waiting to enter Nirvana.
Earth Touching Buddha: Seen in most Thai temples this Buddha sits with his left hand in his lap and his right hand pointing to the ground.
Other forms of the Buddha include the Walking Buddha, Teaching Buddha and the Medicine Buddha.