As I said in another article, my husband was insistent on doing a LOT of research before we “flunk” our garden with a large Buddha statue. There were several things we had to consider. This includes the
- the Buddha’s position
- the size of the Buddha statue
- the material used to make the statue
There was frankly a lot more things to consider that I would have wanted to deal with.
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The Buddha’s Position
There are many different Buddha positions, each with a different meaning. The differences in hand gestures, posture and leg/ankle placement defines the meaning that each Buddha signifies. So if you’re very meticulous with things like this, then this is something you need to be extremely careful about when buying one.
You wouldn’t want a Buddha statue that offers wealth when what you really want is a statue that can give you lifetime enlightenment, right? 🙂
Here are some common Buddha position and gestures:
Fat Bellied Happy Buddha
The big-bellied fat Buddha is not really The Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) himself. However, it is many people’s idea of what a Buddha statue is. This statue is said to be a monk scholar and symbolizes happiness, wealth, abundance and good luck.
Right Hand Raised Facing Outwards
You’ll find this position in both a standing and sitting Buddha. The hand signifies protection and benevolence and it also takes away all fears.
The Crying Buddha
At first glance, some people will not even consider buying a Crying Buddha. But it is actually one of my favorite Buddhas. This Buddha position takes away suffering – now who doesn’t want that?
The Size Of The Buddha Statue
We had to put the size of our garden into consideration. If it were up to me, I’d get the largest Buddha we could find (or perhaps a replica of Bangkok’s reclining Buddha?). But that would have been too big or too impractical.
Some Buddha garden statues can be as small as 5 inches but most of the large Buddha statues for sale stand about 24 – 30 inches high.
The Material Used To Make A buddha Statue
Some of the material used to make a Buddha statue are:
We specifically wanted a Buddha statue made of brass metal as it’s very reminiscent of the Buddha statues we saw when we were traveling in Thailand. However, we eventually chose the Shaolin Sitting Buddha garden statue with hands in a praying position. It’s made of stone and looks perfect in our garden.