Buddha Statues Meaning

I’ve been collecting beautiful Buddha statues for various reasons. Be it to enhance the decor of a room or to remind me of my own inherent Buddha Nature. The very first Buddha statue I ever owned was the beautifully exquisite Medicine Buddha.

And now that passion has turned into this site. With the hopes of becoming the number one destination on the web for people to buy Buddha statues for sale.

Statues of the Buddha placed throughout your home or garden can be a powerful reminder to persevere in our own practice. To strive to unlock the best of ourselves each and every day. Many people place their Buddha statues in a meditation room, in the garden or in various places through the house. But wherever you decide to place them there is no denying that these objects of beauty will enhance your space in more ways than one.

Here at Buddhaful Living we look for the best craftsmanship in various price ranges for every type of buyer. We also look for the best types of Buddha’s that help you to infuse your life and home with peace, joy, happiness and tranquility. Our collection will be of the highest quality sources from ethical sources.

We plan on showcasing Buddha statues for your home and garden.

Whether you like wooden Buddha statues, bronze, golden, Thai, Tibetan it doesn’t matter we will showcase the best and most beautiful statues of the Buddha that you can find on the internet.

Buddha Statues

Buddha Statues can be visual symbols and reminders of inner peace, good fortune, healing, calm and can be a powerful motivational reminder that each and every one of us has Buddha nature within us. Gazing upon a Buddha Statue can give us a moment of peace and clarity.

Each and every Buddha Statue is different. Be up from the seating, the gaze or the mudra that the Buddha is using.

A Brief History of Buddha Statues

Interestingly no statues of the Buddha were made for about four or five centuries. Many people speculate that the reason for this was that it was “forbidden” to create such statues of the Buddha but in truth there’s no evidence to support these claims. What’s more likely is that monks and lay disciples found symbols of the Buddha like stupas , footprints or empty thrones and written descriptions of him to be sufficient to help them with their practice.

But as we are visual creatures it was inevitable that statues of the Buddha would eventually be made. It’s been speculated that the creation of Buddha statues was influenced by Greek culture. So in around the 1st or 2nd century after the Buddha’s death in a region called Bactia (Afghanistan and northern Pakistan) is when the first statues of the Buddha were found.

There is no “one way” to depict the Buddha as is seen by the many different versions of the Buddha we see on today’s statues. Each craftsman is more than likely influenced by their own inspiration, the type of Buddhism they practice and the culture that they find themselves in

That being said the Buddha is usually depicted in one of several common poses:

  • Standing
  • Sitting in Meditation
  • Walking
  • Relaxing
  • Lying down
  • Weeping

A common misconception about Buddha statues is over the visual representation of the Buddha “lying down” on a pillow with a serene facial expression. These staues are not of him sleeping as is commonly attributed to them but of him in his final moments before his death.

The hands of the Buddha as seen in the various statues are usually positioned with their fingers in certain positions. These are called mudras. Each mudra (gesture) indicates a different quality of mind. Be it tranquility, bestowing of wisdom, dispelling fear, clarity etc.

According to B. Rowland in The Evolution of the Buddha Image (np) 1963, “The hands nestled in the lap suggest meditation, held in front of the chest suggest teaching the Dhamma, one hand held up with the palm facing outwards suggests the giving of confidence or fearlessness. The ear lobes of the Buddha statues are nearly always shown elongated, this is indicative of renunciation in that while a layman, the Buddha wore large ear plugs which he stopped wearing when he became a monk, but which left his ear lobes stretched.”

What Are Buddha Statues Made Of?

Buddha Statues are usually found to be made of wood, stone or bronze. Below you will find a list of the most popular materials used to make the beautiful Buddha statues:

  • Wood
  • Ceramic
  • Stone
  • Porcelain
  • Metal
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Gold plated
  • Coated cast iron

Each statues has its own special look, position and gesture. Our personal favourites are wood and bronze.

Earth Touching Mudra
Earth Touching Mudra
The Earth Touching Mudra (Bhumisparsha mudra) or the Earth Witness Mudra is a popular gesture seen on many Buddha statues.

This mudra is symbolic of when the Buddha achieved enlightenment.

The legend of Gottama Shakyamuni, the Buddha to be, tells us that on the night of his enlightenment, when he sat under the Bodhi tree he was visited by the god Mara.

Mara tried to tempt Gottama away from his mission. But the Buddha to be would not be swayed.

Finally Mara challenged Gottama’s claim to the seat of enlightenment. All his minions backed up Maras claim. And with smug indignation challenged Gottama to bring forth a witness for himself.

The Buddha to be said nothing but gently reached his right hand down and softly touched the earth.

The ground shook and a voice was heard saying, “I bear witness.” The earth herself authenticated Gottamas realization.

And with that Mara disappeared. Gottama then became a Buddha and in the night sky the morning star was seen. A new day and a new era for humanity was born.

Dhyana Mudra
Dhyana Mudra
The Dhyana mudra is also known as Samadhi mudra or Yoga mudra; Japanese: Jo-in, Jokai Jo-in; Chinese: Ding Yin.

Dhyana can mean meditation or meditation absorption.

The hands are placed in the lap, right hand rests on the left. The tips of the thumbs touching.

Many images and statues of the Buddha show him in meditative absorption with his hands in this very popular mudra.

It is said that this mudra aligns and centres the energies in the central channel. This helps us go beyond dualistic thinking.

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