People are becoming more creative with their landscaping in the last few years. Some have created a beach vibe with sand and beach chairs for an ultimate relaxed outdoor space. Others have gone a more rustic route, with a warm fire crackling for company. Many have explored the wonders of Southeast Asia with their backyard—complete with softly lit lamps, wooden elephants, and, of course, buddha statues.
What is it that draws so many people to a Buddha statue? They are not owned solely by Buddhists. There must be something ultimately calming in these quietly attractive pieces. They add a good sense of décor to your backyard but are also great for a mediative or reflective space. The powerful energy that radiates from these garden Buddha statues helps bring an ultimate sense of peace to your home. However, with Buddha statues come Buddha rules. Read on to be sure you’re respectfully using your Buddha statue to its maximum potential.
The Proper Use of Your Buddha Statue
Buddha is an important symbol of the Buddhist religion and as such, should always be treated with respect. Here are some things to keep in mind to ensure you are being respectful:
- Buddha statues are great as garden pieces, as the outdoor energy works well.
- Buddha statues should be placed in an Eastern direction, towards the sunrise.
- Facing a Buddha statue towards your house is said to bring good luck.
- Buddha should always be placed in an area with good light.
Try to avoid the following:
- Placing Buddha in the bathroom or kitchen.
- Putting Buddha in a space with little natural light.
- Buddha should not touch the ground! A good rule is to keep it at least two and a half feet off of the floor.
These are not requirements, but strongly encouraged guidelines. In understanding the cultural importance, you are keeping in line with the respect of the religion.
Popular Positions of The Buddha Statue
You have probably seen Buddha placed in different positions and may have wondered why. Each position connects to a different mood. The Earth Touching Buddha, with one hand pointing downward, helps you to feel more grounded in your life. The Mediation Buddha, where Buddha’s hands rest gently in his lap, is good for serenity. For a sense of protection over your home, consider Buddha with one hand raised, to ward off any negative energy in your home.
All Buddha styles will add a touch of class and also a sense of peace to your living space.