The Sacred Use of Buddha Statues
Posted by kaviiks on September 9, 2008
We all like the introduction of divine and religious statues to grace our home. The use of religious statues has been an inspiring addition for a home that believes in the workings of God and for many easterners of the Buddhist faith, the use of Buddha statues is also central to the concept of Feng Shui. Buddha statues are very popular choices for the garden and many Americans who adore the look of the east always welcome the inclusion of oriental statues like a Buddha statue for the home or garden. Buddha statues are available in many makes from high quality bronze to brass, aluminum and fiberglass resin materials. Choose a type that appeals to your spiritual senses and determine the kind of posture that you wish your Buddha statue to take. Central to the concept of the teachings of Buddha involves the many mudras that correspond with a specific spiritual approach. Choose the mudra that you wish your Buddha statue to feature. Most people tend to present the Buddha statue that highlights the Dhyana mudra which reflects Buddha’s attainment of spiritual perfection. This is also known as the mudra of meditation. Here, Buddha has both hands resting in the lap with his palms facing upwards, eyes half open. The legs are crossed over one another in the Double Lotus pose. Such a statue symbolized Buddha as having inner peace, awareness and knowledge. The other mudras which could be considered as part of the Buddha form would be the Abhaya Mudra or the mudra that bestows blessings, protection and peace/tranquility.
It is interesting to note the manner in which Buddhism influences the cultural perspectives of other Asian countries like Thailand, Laos and Burma who have a different Buddha statue performing each kind of posture for each day of the week. Thai Buddhists for instance, have at least one statue in the posture of Calling the Earth to Witness, and at least one of the Buddha in the Meditation posture, no matter which day of the week they were born.
Many customers wonder about how they should place such sacred statues. Here are some pointers to consider when placing your Buddha statues; please note that there are important considerations needed in the placement of such religious statues in order to initiate the needed spiritual effects from such statues:
1. Buddha statues need to be raised on a higher platform such that it does not come close to your feet and be set in a manner that offers respect.
2. Do not associate the Buddha statue with anything unclean. If you are looking to place a Buddha statue in the garden, find a clean and beautiful place to rest it.
3. Buddha should not be placed under any other tree other than the Bodhi tree. That’s where Gautama Buddha gained his enlightenment.
4. Always show respect to the Buddha and do not dispose your Buddha statue carelessly. They need to be treated in a proper manner if broken. Best left under a Bodhi tree.
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Written by Elaine T. for Kaviik’s Accents
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