Where To Place Your Buddha Statue?
Buddha statues are one of the most notable and identified pieces of Buddhist arts in recent times.
Anyone with a keen eye can find or see them or at least have seen them somewhere, almost everywhere in Buddhist countries.
People residing in these countries have one at least one Buddha statue, especially antique Buddha statues somewhere: in their garden, living rooms, kitchens, offices, etc.
The Buddha statues, more specifically, antique Buddha statues are likened by people around the globe because they look exotic and attractive.
They make the spaces and environment around them peaceful and serene.
They carry a very important symbol in the hearts of the Buddhist followers while they may simply be the items of decorations for the non-Buddhists.
Buddha statues stand for the hope of peace, harmony and inner balance for every Buddhists and non-Buddhists in the world.
This is the reason for them to be so special in the world of artifacts. What makes it more interesting is that they can be found in almost any kind of raw materials.
The antique Buddha statues come in various shapes and sizes with varying raw materials such as stone, wood, metals, lacquer, and paper to name a few.
The antique Buddha statues carry a special meaning as they have their own history behind themselves; hence they are a bit more expensive than their modern counterparts.
Surprisingly, these antique statues also come in various hand gestures and postures of the Buddha, better known as Mudras of Buddha statues.
One should also look behind the meaning of each mudras so as to find the suitable mudra for him or her if he or she wants to buy antique Buddha statues. So where to place your Buddha statue after buying it?
Having a Buddha statue in a house is believed to bring calm energy, good health and prosperity in the family.
They are known to create a sense of balance in the lifestyle while having the Buddha statues in the offices is considered to be very fruitful in the professional life.
There are few things one should consider before he or she place the statue somewhere in their homes or offices:
- First thing one should consider is what kind of Buddha is it? It may be the statue of Shakyamuni Buddha or a laughing Buddha(happy Buddha), which is one of the most popular Buddha statues. It is considered to bring good luck and wealth. So if you keep a laughing Buddha at home, it is believed to bring success, happiness as well as good health. Recognizing this kind of Buddha statues is easy as they have smiling face, protruding belly and carrying symbolisms of wealth like a pot of gold or a sack with treasures.
- Buy Buddha statues that are bigger in sizes, or at least as big as possible. Keeping them facing directly at the front door will bring a good vibe to you and your visitors. You can also place them on your side table that is located diagonally opposite to the front door but still facing the door.
- Buddha statues, specifically Shakyamuni Buddha and antique Buddha statues are not supposed to be placed on the ground or the spots below the soles of the feet. This is considered as a sign of disrespect to the Buddha.
- Many Feng Shui recommend placing the Buddha statues above the eye level. This is a position of respect and reverence.
- Students can also place a Buddha statue on their desk where they study, as it is believed to help the students in concentrating and reaching their goals. The desk should be kept clean and uncluttered.
- Placing a Buddha statue in an unsanitary surroundings like bathroom is not considered good.
- Similarly, Buddha statues should not be kept near the machineries with moving parts, motors or electrical outputs. The sounds produced by these machines tend to disturb the energy of the surrounding.
- A garden is a very good place to put the Buddha statue, especially for meditation.
So these are few places where you can place the Buddha statue to have the utmost positive effect on your life.
You can buy antique Buddha statue from our online gallery and place the Buddha statues as per your need in your homes and your offices.
Buddha Sculpture FAQs
Where Should I Place My Buddha For Good Luck?
Placed in the South-East direction, laughing Buddha is believed to increase good fortune.
In offices and business establishments, laughing Buddha has to face the person concerned to make plans come true.
Another belief is that wealth will accrue to the person who places laughing Buddha on the Northern side.
Where Do You Put A Buddha Statue In Your Living Room?
Placing a reclining Buddha towards the right, facing the west can bring peace and harmony to your home.
Place it on a clean table or shelf to symbolize your inner beliefs and state of mind.
Is It Bad To Have A Buddha Statue?
Dust accumulating on or around the statue is disrespectful. It will bring filth into your own life.
A Buddha facing the front door from inside the home can protect you from harmful visitors and intruders.
His image will evoke a sense of mindfulness and blessings to all as they enter.
How Do You Place A Buddha Statue In The Garden?
Statues of Buddha should be raised above the ground to display proper respect.
Often, statues are placed on a marble slab or altar table, but even a mound of stones or a woven mat is appropriate.
The statues are often used in conjunction with a peaceful garden pond and floating lotus blooms.
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.
Use an Altar Table
One should never place a statue of the Buddha on the ground inside a home, and in my home country of Thailand, we set our statues upon an altar table.
These tables can be quite elaborate; they are often a set of small tables which stack upon one atop another so there are different levels on which to place multiple statues.
But if you don't have an altar table, then something as simple as a small shelf that is cleared specifically for placing the statue will do as well.
In rural areas of Southeast Asia, where a family might have almost no furniture, placing the statue on even just a small woven mat is acceptable.
The important thing is that the Buddha statues are elevated above the person who is performing pooja - even if it is just the symbolic raising of less than an inch by placing the image on a thin mat barely above the floor.
Create A Pooja Room
Whenever possible, it is preferable to have a separate room dedicated to performing pooja (Bucha in Thai language) that is kept clean and specifically for the purpose of prayer and making merit (tham boon).
Not only does it help to create a "sacred space" in your house clear from items that might be offensive to the enlightened one, but it gives you, the owner of the house, a specific area to meditate, study the Dharma, or contemplate.
A separate pooja room is as equally important for the roopa as it is for you. With a separate room, you could include other objects, such as fresh flowers, as well as an area for burning candles and incense, which will be used for making offerings and venerating your Buddha image.
In Buddhist monasteries (called a Wat in Thai), there is a building known as the Ubot (Ordination hall, where the main Buddha images are venerated and where ceremonies for monks take place).
There may also be Viharna (Wihan) where other statues are kept and the public is invited to listen to Dharma lectures.
These Buddhist temples give us a good clue on how to treat our images with respect.
Make your room comfortable by having small meditation pillows, and be sure that you remove your shoes whenever you enter your pooja room.
A Place For Veneration:
Understandably, not every house can have a room set aside for placing your statue, in which case you will want to make a special place in a multipurpose room where the statue may be treated with respect.
- Do not put your statue where someone's feet will be pointing toward it. While pointing with your finger at a monk or Buddha image is bad enough, pointing with your feet would be even more offensive.
- Keep the area free of objects that might tower above the image. Do not place your statue near refrigerators or other items that are much larger or much taller.
- Refrain from placing your statue or any other Buddhist related symbol in the bathroom, or any room where acts of passion might take place.
- Position the statue so that it will not hang under laundry lines, as you want to make sure that things such as undergarments and socks will not hover above the statue.
Statue Placement In A Single Room Or Studio Apartment
If you don't have a spare room to devote to veneration, then you can still keep a Buddha statue in a one-bedroom or studio apartment.
You can set up a small shelf high on a wall where you can place a small statue. Known as a "Hing Phra" in Thai language, this is commonly done in apartments throughout crowded Asian cities.
Often these shelves will feature numerous statues or amulets on them. The general practice among Buddhists is to put the "main"image of the Buddha ("ong prataarn") slightly elevated above the other images, either by placing that main image on a small table or even on a mat, just so long as the main image is elevated (even less than an inch) above the other images.
Placing Your Statue In The Garden:
Many people who are not Buddhists will buy statues to decorate their gardens. While we think you should at least try to learn about the Dharma before placing a figure in your garden, by following the above mentioned suggestions you will not be causing offense to Buddhists.
Also, if you look at traditional statues you will see that the Buddha is ALMOST never seen touching the ground. Usually, the Enlightened One is depicted standing or sitting upon a lotus.
Since you will not be using a wooden altar table in your garden, it would still be advisable to set up a small area where you can elevate the statue, if even just symbolically.
One idea is to get several dozen small stones of more or less the same shape. Build up a little mound upon which to place your statue.
Occasionally, you may wish to burn three sticks of incense or place three flowers in front of your statue as a sign of respect and veneration.
Some General Rules To Be Followed When Placing A Buddha Statue In Your Home
- Never place the figure on the floor. It should always be on a pedestal and given the respect that the Master deserves.
- If the statue is being placed on a shelf, ensure that the shelf is not cluttered with items of less importance.
- The statue should be placed higher than most of the other important objects in the room.
- Never place the statue next to a refrigerator or heavy storage cabinet as its energy will be reduced or blocked.
- In general, the altar and statue of Buddha should face the east direction.
- 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. An exception is the Laughing Buddha which can be placed at the entrance to ward off negative energy.
Different Forms Of The Buddhist Mudras And What They Signify
In the Meditation pose, Buddha has both palms in his lap and his legs crossed in the lotus position.
The face exudes calmness and peace, and Buddha’s eyes are usually half closed with just a tiny opening, or fully closed.
Note how the profile of the status is grounded and stable.
Placement: This statue should be placed in your meditation room or prayer room. If you don’t have a dedicated space for this, place it in a quiet corner where you can relax and destress.
Protection Buddha (Also Called Blessing Buddha)
When Buddha has his right hand raised in a symbol of blessing, this represents courage and offers protection from fear and delusions.
The Protection Buddha statue can be either standing up or sitting down.
Placement: Vastu mandates recommend placing this statue in any areas of the house that require healing, or as a cure for a Vastu defect.
The reclining Buddha represents the last moments in the illness of the Shakyamuni Buddha and shows him with his head supported by the right hand.
The statue has a deep meaning, as it portrays the compassion that comes with enlightenment and the potential for release from the cycle of rebirth.
Placement: This statue should be placed lying on the right side, facing West.
This form of the Buddha statue depicts a seated Buddha with a bowl of herbs in his left hand, resting on his lap.
The right hand faces down with the fingers extended toward the ground and the palm outward.
Placement: The medicine Buddha signifies health and healing and is revered by those who are seeking a boon of good health.
While this is more commonly found in temples, there is nothing preventing it from being placed in your home. Give it a prominent spot that affords respect and attention.
This rotund, pot-bellied image of Buddha in his later years is probably the most recognized form of Buddha in the West.
It is supposed to bring happiness and prosperity to your home.
Rubbing the belly is supposed to usher in more abundance to your life.
Placement: Feng Shui states that the Laughing Buddha can be placed facing the main door to increase the level of positive energy and bring luck and wealth to your home. Place the idol facing the east for enhanced harmony and happiness.
Creating A Zen Garden
If you have space in your terrace or garden, you can create a peaceful Zen garden with a statue of the Meditating Buddha atop a waterfall with plants all around.
The sound of gurgling water and the lush green plants around make this the perfect spot for your daily meditation.
When doing this, it’s very important to make sure that the Buddha is placed at the highest level of the ground, and is given a respectful position.
You may light candles and burn incense sticks in front of the idol to enhance the energy in this space.