How Do You Place a Buddha Statue in the Garden?

How Do You Place a Buddha Statue in the Garden?

How Do You Place a Buddha Statue in the Garden?

Feng shui principles can guide you in choosing and placing outdoor Buddha statues.

Most people opt for a garden placement, but there are other options, especially if you don't have a garden or you simply wish to display your outdoor Buddha statue in a different area.

Best Backyard Outdoor Buddha Statue Placements

The most popular location for outdoor Buddha statues is the backyard garden.

This area is usually private and is a great place to create a niche area just for the statue. 

Place the Buddha statue facing your house, preferably the back door to direct auspicious chi energy into your home.

Following feng shui principles, you want your garden to be clutter free. A simple design approach may give you the best display choices for your Buddha statue.

Buddha Statue For Garden Altar

If you're a practicing Buddhist, you can always create a garden altar. It is easy to carve out a special nook just for a Buddha statue.

Buddha Statue Meditation Niche

You may already have a meditation area developed in your garden or you may be in the planning stages.

The key focus should be one of peace and tranquility. You can achieve these through the plants you add to this area.

Buddha Statue And Water Feature

You may decide to add a water feature. Something as simple as a bubbling fountain or a more elaborate koi pond design.

Don't forget to add lotus flowers to your pond for an authentic Buddhist garden design.

All of these garden designs lend themselves to the addition of an outdoor Buddha statue to watch over the pond or to welcome all entering the meditation sanctuary.

Beyond Backyard Buddha Statue Placements

You aren't limited to a backyard Buddha statue placement. Other outside areas can be enhanced by the addition of this deity statue.

Buddha Sculpture FAQs

Which Way Should Buddha Face In Garden?

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.

Can you Put a Buddha In The Garden?

Your balcony or garden can also be a suitable location for a Buddha statue, especially if you unwind in this outdoor space.

Where to put these: It is best to place an outdoor Buddha in or close to a water body and in the vicinity of a flowering plant to represent spiritual growth and rejuvenation.

How Do You Keep Buddha Statues In Your Garden?

The statue should always face the east direction. You can place it in the North-East direction to stimulate the energy of the corner.

Is Having A Buddha Disrespectful?

Besides being totally disrespectful, it's bad luck to place Buddha in a bathroom. Also the statue should never face one.

Doing so will flush down the drain your good luck each time it is used. Buddha should never be placed on the bare floor or ground.

Why Is The Buddha Smiling?


When he discovered it, he became known as the Buddha, the enlightened one, enlightened enough to forge a path out of suffering into bliss (which is why he is very often depicted as a smiling Buddha).

Some of these Buddhas did laugh to achieve, transmit or express enlightenment.

Front Porch

If your home features a front porch, you can place an outdoor Buddha statue on the porch. The statue can be placed facing the steps, so it greets family and guests upon their arrival.

This placement bestows blessings and auspicious abundance.

Side Yard Placements

If you have a side yard, you can always place a statue here. The ideal is for the statue to face your home, preferably a door that leads inside.

Front Yard Locations

A front yard garden can become a resting place for a Buddha statue. You may position the statue, so it faces the front door.

You may prefer to angle it so all who walk down the walkway are greeted by the Buddha.

Tips For Outdoor Buddha Statue Placements

Feng Shui principles offer specific tips for correct Buddha statue placements outdoors.

Make sure you follow these guidelines so you can avoid these taboos when it comes to placing a Buddha statue.

Ground Or Eye Level Placement?

There are also rules that govern the placement of a Buddha statue to ensure it isn't disrespectful.

A Buddha statue should never be placed directly on the ground.

This is considered a very disrespectful placement.

Set your Buddha statue in an elevated position, on top of a pedestal, shelf, large rock, platform, ledge, wall or table. It is also considered disrespectful to look down on a Buddha statue.

The ideal height is at eye level or higher as the ultimate show of reverence and respect.

Lanterns And Buddha Statues

You can add a Chinese pagoda lantern or two to light the area around your statue. This type of lantern is a popular choice for a Zen garden design to light winding pathways.

Adding kinds of lighting is a well-known feng shui practice used to attract auspicious chi to an area.

You want good chi energy to fill the area where you place your Buddha statue. This is especially true for a meditation or altar niche.

Avoid Disrespectful Placements

Many people treat Buddha statues as ornamental decorations. In feng shui, the Buddha statue is respected and revered. There are certain placements you should avoid.

  • Don't set the statue by the driveway or near a mailbox since these positions are trivial and mundane showing a lack of reverence and respect for what/who the statue represents.
  • Don't choose a statue of just a Buddha head. This type of statue is considered highly offensive and disrespectful.
  • Avoid placing a Buddha statue outside a garage, trash can/bin or near a utility area.
  • A child's play area isn't an ideal location for a Buddha statue. Remember, this is a not a decoration, but a symbol of a religious figure and should be set in a place that is respectful of this.

Choosing Buddha Statue Pose And Material

There are many choices of Buddha statue poses. Each has a specific meaning. Some represent a special stage during the Buddha's life.

Others have symbolic meanings that easily translate to feng shui uses.

Select the Buddha statue pose that resonates with your energy.

You can also choose a specific material, such as wood, metal or ceramic as an element to use in the corresponding compass direction.

Deciding Where To Place Outdoor Buddha Statues

Once you understand some rules for placing a Buddha statue, you can better assess your outside area for possible placements.

As long as you keep in mind that a Buddha statue placement needs to be one of respect, honor and reverence, you will end up with an appropriate setting and placement.

Where Should I Place My Buddha Statue In The Garden?

Although Buddha statues have become a commonplace decoration in American styling today, they are still highly symbolic and religious creations that deserve special placement and attention when positioning them in the garden.

Buddha has been a symbol for a selfless way of life as Buddhists have walked this earth for thousands of years. That garden Buddha statue in your possession represents that history, which is why we want to help you place it properly today.


If you don’t have time to learn about Dharma before placing the figure in your garden, by following these suggestions, you will not be offending Buddhists.

Buddha is almost NEVER seen touching the ground. The Enlightened One is depicted standing or sitting upon a lotus.

Since you are not using a wooden altar in your garden, much like you would if you had Buddha inside your home, it is still advisable that you set the statue up on something elevated.

It is offensive to put a God on the earth without any barrier between him and the soil beneath our feet.

Here are a few ways to elevate your Buddha:

  • Retrieve several dozen small stones of about the same shape. Build up a little mound upon which to place your statue. Take your time putting the stones together so the structure is sturdy and able to support the statue. You can also burn three sticks of incense or place three flowers in front of your statue as a sign of respect and veneration.
  • Buy a mini altar block or stone decorative, flattened structure to put in the garden. This will save you the time of creating the mound yourself. You can then place the statue on the structure so it is not touching the ground.
  • You can also place Buddha on your balcony, or even in a flower box. So long as he is elevated in some capacity, it is respected.

It is best to place an outdoor Buddha sculpture in close relation to a water body, or in the vicinity of a flowering plant to represent spiritual growth and rejuvenation. 

Bonus points if you can place Buddha near budding lotus flowers or pond flora.

Additionally, you can create a private, meditative space around your garden Buddha, perhaps with a few kneeling spots or hidden places to read a book. 

Buddha is meant to reflect wisdom and reflection, encouraging you to practice mindfulness and let go of your earthly worries while you are in the presence of the statue.

Can I Have More Than One Buddha In My Garden?

Yes, it is common to have multiple Buddha statues in one garden. 

If you have ever visited a Thai temple, you probably have noticed there is generally a grouping of smaller votive tables that are in front of the main table, where the image resides. 

The heritage of Buddha states it is holy and just to have him in every room of the home, even the garden.

How To Place A Buddha Statue

A statue of the Buddha may be a treasured piece of original art, a jolly laughing good luck charm, an enlivened image of the Buddha believed to embody his living spirit and energy, the centerpiece of your meditation altar, or an invocation of peace in a quiet corner of your garden.

Even when the Buddha in your home functions mainly as decor, there are protocols for respecting the traditional spiritual meaning of the statue that should influence its placement.

Off The Floor

Do not place your Buddha directly on the floor. There are several reasons for this, which include placement of a very large statue. 

The floor is considered unclean, even in homes or rooms where shoes that track in dirt from the outside are not worn. At the very least, set the statue on an embroidered cloth or small oriental carpet to keep it from contact with the floor. 

Buddha statues and other sacred murtis or enlivened images are never placed at or below foot level. Raise the statue with a flat stone, table, stool or other support so it is not touching the floor. Never place the statue where your feet are pointing at it. 

This is considered a mark of grave disrespect in most Asian cultures.

Bow To The Buddha

When you set up a meditation space with a Buddha statue as its focus, there are a few traditions to observe. Set the statue on an altar -- this can be a carved sandalwood pedestal or any clean simple platform -- that is above the height of your head when you are seated. 

It is respectful to keep your head higher than the Buddha's, one reason for bowing or pranaming before the central statue when you enter an Asian temple. 

Sit on your meditation cushion to determine if the placement of the statue is correct and raise the altar slightly if you need to adjust it. 

Put a silk cloth under the Buddha before setting it on the altar as a way to honor the spirit of the statue and the space. Add fresh flowers, a crystal, a tea light and an incense burner to the altar to further summon blessings and create a strong focus for meditation.

Feng Shui Your Buddha

Display a Buddha statue in the most favorable chi energy flow in your home.

A statue that faces the front door both protects you from misfortune and invites positive energy and blessings to enter the home. 

A Buddha in a place of honor in the living or dining room is a constant reminder of devotion and an attractive piece of Asian art, appropriately featured. 

Give the statue its space -- don't cram it into a bookcase or on a sideboard cluttered with dozens of objects.

Skip the Buddha in the bathroom, for obvious reasons of respect, and only put a Buddha in the kitchen on a dedicated altar that is above head and work height.

A statue on a desk will draw positive energy to work or homework. 

Avoid placing the Buddha under an overhead beam or in the shadow of a refrigerator or next to an electrical outlet or appliance.

Blooming Buddha

A Buddha in the garden creates a small oasis of serenity and good energy.

In a clearing with seating or a garden bench, a Buddha statue becomes the focal point of the space, creating an al fresco meditation room. 

Lift the Buddha off the ground with a boulder, pedestal, bench, arbor or tuck him into an exposed niche in a wall.

Build a folly around a Buddha statue to create an outdoor yoga and meditation room. 

Place a resin Buddha head on a bed of twigs or moss in the greenery of your garden and keep ferns and other plants cleared back so you can see it.

If you have a "Happy" or "Laughing" Buddha with a big grin and an even bigger belly, position him near the entrance to your garden for protection, or overlooking a pond full of goldfish for good fortune. 

He isn't really a Buddha; the statue is the Bodhisattva Hotei, an enlightened being who brings positive energy, good cheer and contentment.

Can You Have Multiple Statues In One Location?

Yes, it is common to have multiple statues of the Buddha in one location.

If you have ever been into a Thai temple you will notice there is generally a grouping of smaller votive tables that are in front of (and lower than) the main table, upon which the larger image rests. 

And while it is common to see different Hindu or Chinese deities mixed in amongst the other statues, it is traditional NOT to have images dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Kali in the same area.

This is probably due to a story told in certain Buddhist lineages in which the Goddess Kali is said to have killed several Buddhist monks. 

You will often encounter images of veneration of respected monks in the same location as the statues. In Thai we often refer to these venerated monks by the honorific term Luang Paw.

It is also common to see a small depiction of King Rama V  whether in the form of an amulet or in a painting / drawing  placed upon the altar table as well.

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