Buddha Statues – the symbols and their meanings.

I know you want to find out all about your Buddha Statue. Or you need to know what the one you want to buy will symbolise and should you get it. In other words what does it all mean?  You are not alone in asking that, read on to find out more.

We create and sell beautiful Buddha statues in reconstituted marble and are here to help you; by giving you a short run down on some of the symbols used in the making of cast Statues of Buddha and hopefully getting you to see how a Buddha statue can enhance your life

So to answer the first question; what does my Buddha mean?

Well, symbols and meanings in Buddha statues are a vast and sometimes complex area of study. We do have a blog that shows the meaning of 10 Buddhas from our collection which you can read here

We use a very good reference book for our research before making a statue. I will give a link to the book at the end of this blog.

In the meantime here are a few gestures and symbols explained to get you started in deciphering your Buddha statue.

Relaxation/ Meditation

 Buddha. Hands Touching = Relatation and meditation.

DHYANA : The hands are in a relaxed position on his lap, the fingers are touching. This is a gesture of perfect balance.

PADMASANA : The famous Lotus position, for relaxation and meditation.

 Buudha seated in a lotus postition

 

Protection -  

Buddha with a hand raised = protection

ABHAYA :   One hand raised in a relaxed manner. This is a gesture of both comfort and protection. Have no fear.

 

Relaxation / Discussion 

 VITARKA :  A circle is formed between the index and thumb. This is the sign of the wheel of the law (which can also be represented by a swastika or a wheel) this gesture also represents intellectual discussion. 

Buddha forming a circle with his hand .

 

BHUMISPARSA : One hand is in a relaxed position  pointing towards the floor or earth, this is a sign that Buddha is touching the earth to give the truth of his teachings.

Buddha, Hand falling in a relaxed manner.

LILA ASANA :    Seated in a relaxed  manner his arms fall naturally onto his knees, this position symbolises relation and discussion.

Buddha - Hands on Knees in a relaxed manner

 

Good Health             

TRIBHANGA :   Standing with his feet parted. This symbolises good health because the bad humours are forced downwards and outwards.

Buddha, Standing with parted feet = Good Health        Buddha Feet apart = Good Health

 

Good Fortune            

 AKSHAMALA :    Prayer beads, classically thought to be 108 beads but there are other versions, each bead is thought to represent a mantra or prayer. The prayer beads represent good fortune which in Buddhism means well-being and not money    

Buddha . Prayer Beads  = Good Fortune                             Buddha. Prayer Beads = Good Fortune                       

SWASTIKA : The hooked cross. This is the symbol that represents the Wheel of the Law. It symbolises unending power and good fortune.

Buddha Swastika = Good Fortune                Buddha Swastika = Good Fortune

 

KALASHA : The vase. Represents spiritual richness and is thought to carry the water of life.

   Budha vase = Spiritual Richness              Budha vase = Spiritual Richness               

Protection                  

CHATTRA :        Parasol .Protection against bodily and spiritual harm.

Buddha with Parasol= Protection                           

MAYURAPATTRA : Feathers. Symbol of resisting earthly temptations. 

Buddha with Feather = Resistance                         

 

Purity                     

PADAMA :     The open Lotus Flower a strong representation of purity.

Buddha, Lotus Flower = Purity

Benevolence-

PATRA : Bowl for alms, representing Buddha’s benevolence  for others

Buddha Bowl = Benevolence       Buddha Bowl = Benevolence
Buddha Bowl = Benevolence

 

Should I get that Buddha? 

The basic answer to the second question is, in my opinion, yes.  If you are being drawn to something it’s usually for a good reason, trust your gut- your self-awareness as Buddha- The Enlightened One would call it.

Even if you are not a practising Buddhist, you probably choosing your statue so that it could add calm to your home. This is often the reason for having a Buddha in your home, and the space you create around it is a chill out spot. Which is why everyone should have a marble Buddha statue in their house, right?
Great news, we have lots of wonderful Buddhas for sale on our site made in cold cast reconstituted marble check them all out here.

Further reading

10 Buddha Statues Explained. What your Buddha means.

What is a Buddha? And why your home needs one!

The Book of Buddha by Eva Rudy Jensen


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