When you look at a Buddha statue what do you see?
Do you just see a decorative item? Or do you see a spiritual relic ripe with all the wisdom of the Buddha, a statue that is alive with the living dharma?
Buddha statues are powerful things. They remind us to live the enlightened life, to be compassionate, and to meditate.
But there’s a lot more to a Buddha statue than that.
For instance, did you know:
- Different Buddha statues show different mudras (hand gestures), which have important meanings.
- Some Buddha statues have mantras inscribed on them, which are spiritual words with absolute meanings.
- Some statues show different Buddhas (there are 29 named Buddhas and many more unnamed Buddhas)
All Buddha statues have their own story and their own meaning. And if you want to choose the perfect Buddha statue to live in your home or garden with you, you might like to know what different statues represent.
Remember, your Buddha statue is going to accompany you on your spiritual journey. So it’s important to choose one you love.
As a meditation teacher, I love helping people chose the perfect Buddha statue. Let me help you find yours.
How To Choose The Best Buddha Statue For You
There are four questions I always ask when choosing a new Buddha statue:
1. Why are you buying a Buddha statue?
In my article on creating the perfect meditation space, I discuss how important Buddha statue are for both decor and spiritual significance.
Some people buy statues just for the decoration. Others want a reminder of enlightenment, of mindfulness, of compassion, or something else.
Why are you buying a Buddha statue?
Answering that question will steer you in the right direction. For instance, if it is just for decoration you can go by looks alone. If, on the other hand, you want a statue that represents inner peace, you might like a statue of Buddha sitting under the Bodhi tree or something to that nature.
Write down the main reason why you are getting a Buddha statue.
Obviously, when you are budgeting you also want to leave some change for the other meditation tools you may need.
2. What’s your budget?
Buddha statues come in all different prices. And of course, the price effects the quality (though you’ll be surprised how good a statue you can get for cheap and how bad a statue you can get for hundreds of dollars!)
Statues range from around ten bucks to thousands. Some are under priced. Some are overpriced. How are you to know the difference?
To make sure you get a good quality Buddha statue for your price point, look at the details.
If your Buddha statue is $10 it’s only going to have very minimal features. But statues that costs thousands should show very close detail and be very realistic.
Materials are also very important. Something made of silver or gold. A gold or silver Buddha will also last forever, where a clay one will not.
If you buy a cheap Buddha statue it will be made of material with a short lifespan. So if you want something that lasts, you will have to pay a bit extra for it.
3. Which pose (mudra) do you need?
One of the single most important parts of buying a Buddha statue is that it have the right pose.
Poses (mudras) mean different things. For instance, the DharmaChakra Mudra signifies the teachings of the Buddha. If you want your Buddha statue to represent the right meaning, check which mudra it is in.
4. Home or garden?
Lots of reader loved my DIY Zen Garden article. And one of the favorite things to put in a Zen garden is a Buddha statue.
But a statue for the garden is not the same as a statue for the home.
Buddha statues for the home can generally by left alone with absolutely no worries (at least until the cat runs into them).
Statues for the garden, however, have special considerations. For instance, you will need to consider the material it is made of and whether it would survive a rain storm.
Locale also influences design.
Where will you put your Buddha statue? What room will it go in? What are the colours in that room? What is the mood of the room? Make sure the Buddha statue matches the place you will put it.
Remember you will be meditating on this statue (using a meditation such as Bhakti technique). So it is very important that you be happy with your Buddha statue.
So, what are the best Buddha statues?
To help you choose, I’ve shared my favorite Buddha statues for various price-points.
They are of various styles of design, some being artistic others more traditional. And each depicts the Buddha in a different pose.
I recommend picking one up to add to your meditation room, or perhaps even picking all four up as they make for wonderful decorations for the home.
The Best Buddha Statues For Sale. #1:Thai Buddha Meditation Statue ($14.99)
This Buddha statue is 8 inches by 6 inches and is a perfect addition to any meditation space.
The statue has a bronze finish with a silver robe. The colours go really well together and the Buddha’s face looks very relaxing, helping you to achieve a deep state of meditation.
This Buddha statue is sitting in lotus position with the hands in Cosmic Mudra (Dhyani), which is the mudra used for contemplation and insight.
#2: Buddha Earth Touching Mudra Statue ($39.35)
This is a beautiful brown and gold Buddha statue in which Buddha is sitting meditating with his eyes closed.
In this statue, Buddha is holding his hands in Earth Witness mudra. This is the mudra Buddha was using when he found enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.
The statue has an aged look almost like wood and the skin is shiny. Sequins add decoration and beauty to the Buddha.
I like the fact that the aged look helps to represent the wisdom that Buddha found while under the Bodhi tree.
Meditating Buddha Head Statue ($79.99)
This Buddha head statue shows Buddha in contemplation. It is a great statue if you want to introduce a calming presence into your home or garden.
For the quality of the statue it is very reasonably priced. The stone faux finish is beautiful and reviewers say it looks great in the garden.
One of the best tings about this Buddha head statue is the detail. It is a very precise statue with intricate details.
The finish is waterproof, too, so it will be fine even in damp or rainy environments.
This statue is surprisingly light because it is hollow inside. It also looks a little grayer than the picture.
#4: Buddha Statue with Mosaic Design ($48)
This is one of the best artistic style Buddha statues that I have found. The clothing is pink / green and is designed very artistically.
The Buddha is depicted in Bhumispara mudra, the mudra that the Buddha was performing when he achieved enlightenment under the bodhi tree.
The artistry and symbolism of this Buddha statue makes it perfect for meditation.
Sitting Buddha Faux Sandstone Statue ($149.99)
This sandstone Buddha statue again depicts Buddha sitting in Earth Witness mudra with the hand touching the eart.
This is a larger statue at 29 1/2″ high x 21″ wide x 15″ deep and weighs 20 lbs. As such it is a good decorative piece for the garden.
It is Resin with a grey stone finish that looks like an antique. The resin is thick and hecy and will easily endure a storm.
If you’re looking for a focal-point that is reasonably inexpensive, this is a fantastic choice.
Design Toscano Meditative Buddha ($769)
This is a big Buddha at35″Wx32″Dx48″H and weighing 72 lbs. It is hand-cast out of real stone and a very high quality resin.
Interestingly, the description of this Buddha says that it is about inner peace, but that is not what the Buddha depicts.
The hands of this Buddha are in Abhaya mudra, which is the mudra used for fearlessness.
This Buddha will hold up well in both heat and rain. And it looks absolutely stunning in the garden.
A Buddha Statue For Everyone
Buddha statues are truly beautiful, aren’t they? And there is a statue for everyone at every price range.
I always recommend getting a Buddha statue that is valuable but affordable. You want a statue that you will value without breaking the bank.
And of course, you will also want to budget for the other spiritual products you need.
Which Buddha statue is your favorite?
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