Buddha statues have recently become increasingly popular and are now available. A Buddha statue in the house or in the garden provides a certain kind of peace and tranquility without holding on to that particular religion. Religious art is indeed often purchased by people who are not necessarily part of the depicted religion. It is merely about seeing the beauty of the artwork as a source of inspiration or consolation because they are reminded of certain values represented by the artwork. The view of a Buddha statue reminds us of the spiritual, the inner quest for harmony and balance life based on moral values.
Who is Buddha?
Buddha statues are not worshiped by Buddhists but are rather a focal point for meditation, a symbol of truth and the path to enlightenment. Buddha was never embodied by a person but was actually an honorary title was given to Siddhartha Gautama. The word Buddha itself means “the awakened one, the “enlightened” and “those with a holistic understanding”. “Siddhartha was a very beloved prince and born in a wealthy family in Nepal around the fifth century BC. He was beholden to his loving parents for any potential form of unpleasantness, hoping to spare him pain and suffering throughout his life. But he then ask himself questions about life and this would seem less perfect than what he had known. Because of this he knew nothing about poverty, illness, death or other everyday problems. As a young adult he wandered away from his carefree life and observed the suffering that other people faced. He left his privileged position and opted for an ascetic life to search for the truth. After years of wandering and hardship, Siddhartha decided to look for a middle ground. He was convinced that a compromise was possible between abject self-denial and life in the normal world. After many years of meditation, Siddhartha became the ‘Enlightened’ or Buddha.
Four Noble Truths
During the enlightenment of Buddha, there are four essential truths which until now form the basis of all Buddhist teachings.
- Life is filled with disappointment and sorrow
- Suffering is a consequence of the desire for pleasure, power, material goods and continued existence.
- These disappointments can be eliminated by the removal of inappropriate desires.
- To prevent and to end the suffering disappointment should follow an eight-fold path.
- The right insight
- The right intention
- Right speech
- Right action
- The right way of living
- Right effort
- Proper attention
- The proper concentration
The middle way is based on the avoidance of extremes, self-indulgence or self-humiliation. The first step on the path to enlightenment is of compassion and mercy.
Placing a Buddha statue in your home or garden can be a source of inspiration for developing your best qualities on kindness and compassion of. These beautiful images can elevate the soul and spirit and give your home and garden views to a shrine, the ideal place to meditate and find peace and quiet.
Traditional Buddha statues needs to be placed on a high, clear and clean place. The image may not, for example positioned at the foot level. Such image is best placed under a tree on a high base because it refers to the place of enlightenment of Buddha. Avoid confrontation with inappropriate activities in the vicinity of the image but if there is an entry, the evil spirits are divested. Please note that some materials are not designed for outdoor use. Place the image during the winter in a sheltered place to prevent damage.
A Buddha statue every day of the week
The Thai cultural tradition offers different poses of the Buddha statue for every day of the week. Find the day of the week on which a person is born and give him or her the matching Buddha statue as a perfect and thoughtful birthday gift.
- Monday: The right hand raised to ward off problems and keep peace in the family.
- Tuesday: A reclining Buddha with the right hand under the head. The left hand is stretched out along the left side of the body.
- Wednesday: Buddha sits with an alms bowl to the chest.
Wednesday afternoon: Buddha is depicted with a monkey and an elephant.
- Thursday: A meditating Buddha is depicted in lotus posture with hands in lap, palms facing up.
- Friday: A Buddha standing with his arms across the chest, the right hand over the left hand with the backs of the hands facing out.
- Saturday: A meditating Buddha is depicted sitting under a seven-headed serpent that guarded them from the rain.
- Sunday: The Buddha statue stands with arms crossed in front of the stomach, right hand on the left hand, back of the hands turned outward and eyes wide open which indicates the mental insight.