Is It Disrespectful to Have a Buddha Statue?

Is It Disrespectful to Have a Buddha Statue?

Is It Disrespectful to Have a Buddha Statue?

Is it disrespectful to own a Buddha statue? Without trying to give away spoilers for this article, the short answer is no.

It is unsurprising in a world plagued by cancellation culture and social media police that people are afraid to offend and cautious when handling subjects like religion and spirituality.

Caution certainly doesn’t go amiss, as appropriation is an important and intricate issue, but (and this is the long answer to the question) owning a Buddha statue is perfectly acceptable when properly understood and treated in a respectful way.

Buddhism is a growing religion, with its simple approach to serenity and suffering making all the more sense as the modern world seems to grow unnecessarily complicated.

Owning a statue of the Buddha is therefore a positive experience for anybody who wishes to cultivate a space of mindfulness in their home.

Having reached Enlightenment, the Buddha’s intention was to teach others so that they could do the same.

Travelling through the Ganges Plain, he taught his sermons to people of all classes and morals, including to criminals and cannibals.

We should therefore encourage the welcoming of Buddha into our own homes rather than creating an exclusionary community, especially as the Buddha said himself that the best way to remember and respect him was through his teachings.

The Teaching Buddha, in particular, encourages a focus on individual spirituality and is said to represent Buddha’s first sermon following his awakening.

Therefore, even if you feel like a spiritual novice, the Buddha’s purpose was to teach, so to deny a statue’s entry into the home would be to deny the leader of his livelihood.

After all, what is a teacher without students?

The key to respectfully owning a Buddha statue is to therefore understand its profound meanings, as the Teaching Buddha is just one of many traditional forms that the Buddha takes.

Whilst you may get some funny looks if you start talking to statues in the street, Buddha statues are deeply communicative.

This is not to say that you’ll have a chat over brunch, but rather each statue is infused with a spiritual charge which can shape your meditation or the chi of the room.

For example, you could have a Meditation Buddha, which seems perfectly self-explanatory.

Or, you could have a Laughing Buddha, also subtly named the Fat Buddha, which is said to bring prosperity when you rub his belly.

Get the two confused and start rubbing the belly of the Meditation Buddha.

Well, it would be pretty awkward. Understanding your Buddha statue is crucial in nurturing the positive emotions and states that you wish to develop.

This is also a reason to invest in an authentically made Buddha statue, as these are made by artists with a deep devotion and understanding of his teachings.

As well as knowing what your Buddha statue intends to convey, it is also important to understand how to properly display and treat the figure with respect.

An easy way to do this is to consider your Buddha statue as a renowned guest.

Some of this is (hopefully) obvious, such as not putting him up in the toilet or in a walkway – most guests, renowned or not, may take issue with this.

But there are also other things to consider, such as keeping the statue clean, ensuring it is kept at eye-level, and not trying to embellish it with your own, fancy artistic twist.

Just like it would be with any religious figure, leaving the Buddha to collect a coat of dust or going Jackson Pollock on it would be highly disrespectful.

Owning a Buddha statue is therefore not something to be frowned upon, but trying to alter it or not treating it with appreciation means you have not understood the weight that these statues carry (and, no, that wasn’t another reference to the Laughing Buddha).

Click here to find out more about where to put your Buddha. 

Overall, having a Buddha statue should encourage mindfulness.

As depicted in a Calling the Earth to Witness Buddha, even the leader himself was faced with temptations and had to resort to the strength of his beliefs to overcome demons and reach Enlightenment.

In this instance, Buddha was assisted by the Goddess of the Earth, but not all of us have access to such high-up friends.

Instead, we can turn to a Buddha statue to be a daily guide to find peace and achieve the serenity that many of us strive towards.

Creating this positive aura is open to everyone who is willing to understand the Buddha, listen to his teachings, and treat his statues with the utmost respect.

Buddha Sculpture FAQs

Is It Ok To Have A Buddha Statue?

Never place a Buddha statue in the bedroom or bathroom. Always keep the area around the statue sparkling clean.

Burn candles or incense sticks to purify the air around it. Ensure that the statue is placed facing the inside of the room, and never looking outside.

What Does Having A Buddha Statue Mean?

The sitting Buddha is the most common representation of the Buddha.

These Buddha statues can represent teaching, meditation, or an attempt to reach enlightenment.

Hand gestures, or mudras, are essential in determining what a sitting Buddha means.

Is It Bad Luck To Buy A Buddha Statue For Yourself?


Buying a discounted Buddha is great, maybe even a sign that he's already bringing you prosperity via the savings.

However do not bargain over the purchase price to get the salesperson down. It is considered disrespectful, bad form, and bad luck.

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.

Which Buddha Statue Is Good Luck?

Laughing Buddha, as we all know, brings good luck, contentment and abundance in one's life.

It depicts the plenitude of whatever one wishes for – be it wealth, happiness or satisfaction.

Usually depicted as a stout, laughing. Laughing Buddha, as we all know, brings good luck, contentment and abundance in one's life.

Can Buddhas Bring Bad Luck?

It is considered disrespectful, bad form, and bad luck.

The same law applies to statues of Kuan Yin. If your statue breaks or is damaged it should be disposed of in a reverent manner.

Never throw Buddha in the trash.

Which Way Do You Face Buddha?

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

The Lord Buddha statue should never be kept in the bathroom, storeroom and laundry room.

Why Is The Buddha Smiling?

Two thousand five hundred years ago, Prince Siddhartha Gautama of the Sakya clan wanted to know the cause of suffering.

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).

Can We Give Buddha Statues As Gifts?

In general, it is okay to give Buddha statues as gifts to non-Buddhists & even to yourself.

More than a pure religion, Buddhism in essence can be regarded as a non-theistic philosophy.

It is, therefore, welcoming to followers and unfollowers alike.

What Do Buddha Statues Symbolize?

Buddha statues across Asia are representative of the teachings and travels of Gautama Buddha.

Each statue features common physical attributes, poses, and postures that define its purpose and meaning.

The hand gestures of the Buddha, called mudras, indicate teaching, meditation, enlightenment, and wisdom.

What Does Baby Buddha Mean?

In the end, I liked this (anonymous) explanation best:

The seventh step that the baby Buddha is said to have taken right after birth symbolizes the goal or aim of one’s being born into this life, the goal that signifies nirvana outside of the six realms of samsara.

Can I Wear A Buddha Necklace?

There is nothing wrong with wearing Buddhist jewellery, but Buddha did tell his followers not to make images of him.

There are more images and statues of Buddha than anyone else in the world. According to Buddha, this body and this life are an illusion.

Why Is Buddha's Hair Curly?


According to legend, Buddha had to shave his head only once – when he cut off his hair to be an ascetic.

After his initial tonsure, the Buddha’s hair adhered tightly to his scalp in rows of snail-like curls.

After his initial tonsure, the Buddha’s hair adhered tightly to his scalp in rows of snail-like curls.

What Does Purple Mean In Buddhism?

The color purple is imbued with different symbolic meanings in several religions.

In Catholicism, purple is closely associated with Advent and Lent, and carries connotations of royalty going back to the sovereignty of Christ.

In Buddhism, purple symbolizes mysticism, and Hindus associate purple with peace.

Can Buddhist Have Tattoos?

Can Buddhist monks get tattoos? Yes, Buddhist monks can get tattoos! Perhaps the most famous example of this are the monks of Wat Bang Phra.

The Buddhist monks of this Thailand based temple practice the sacred art of Sak Yant tattoos.

Tips To Choose, Place Your Buddha Statue At Home The Right Way

Buy the right statue of Lord Buddha as all have different meanings and place them in the right direction to avoid bad luck. 

A buddha statue today is present in almost all homes if not for a religious reason then for decor purposes.

There are different poses of Lord Buddha who stand for different virtues in life. But which one should you be getting for yourself is the question.

Another important thing is the placement of the statues because as per Feng Shui, the wrong placement can also bring in bad luck.

Even if you do not believe in it, what is the harm in placing them in another direction? Take a look for a better understanding. 

Protection & Blessing: Buddha Seated With One Hand Raised In Blessing Gesture

If you want Lord Buddha's protection and blessings then this is the right statue to invest in.

This posture has two meanings but they are definitely entwined.

The raised hand is a shield which keeps danger and negativity at bay which means protection. The other is inviting peace at home and overcoming fear.

Place this statue on the main entrance of the house with the Lord facing the doorways. 

Internal Harmony: Nirvana Or Reclining Lord Buddha

Who does not struggle with inner peace in this fast and crazy world? Get yourself a lovely statue of Lord Buddha in this posture which denotes the last moments of Gautam Buddha's mortal life.

This was just before he achieved freedom from the cycle of rebirth. This posture is said to encourage people who are seeking internal harmony. Make sure this statue is facing the West direction and reclines to the right.

Peace & Meditation: Meditating Buddha

This posture of Lord Buddha has the Lord seated with his legs folded, hands on the lap and face up which his eyes fully or partially closed while he meditates.

Get yourself this statue if you wish to meditate and place it in a quiet corner of the house.

You can also place candles and burn incense around when you want to meditate yourself and draw inspiration for Lord Buddha.

Enlightenment: The Bhumisparsha Buddha 

This statue is among the most famous poses of Lord Buddha. It is the symbol of his enlightenment.

The story is that when Gautam Buddha was meditating for years, demon Mara tried to scare him.

However, Lord Buddha overcame the temptation to react and just touched the ground to ask the Earth Goddess to witness his moment of enlightenment.

Place this form of Lord Buddha towards the East direction where the sun rises, representing eternal knowledge. 

Positivity: Praying Buddha

Who doesn't need positivity in life? Well, I do and the posture of praying Buddha is what is recommended.

This statue is all about faith and devotion and perfect when placed in a pooja room or an altar in a neat and clean place.

When you place this statue, light candles or lamps around which helps to bring in positivity.

However, keep in mind that you do not place anything related to Buddha below the eye level as he is a spiritual teacher and it is disrespectful. 

Spiritual Growth: Garden Buddha

Keep this statue of Buddha in your garden or the balcony especially if you like to sit and relax here.

Try to place it near a water body or a flowering plant as that stands for channeling spiritual growth and helps in rejuvenation. 

Self Knowledge: Buddha Bust

This statue is not at all associated with a significance to Lord Buddha's life but it is very famous and people love to invest in it.

It is in fact associated with self-knowledge in a way and is an art form truly appreciated.

There are no rules to the placement of this statue but do not place it in the bathroom, storeroom or laundry rooms. 

So go on and invest in the right statue and pose of Lord Buddha, channel in the right energies. 

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