Depending on where you go, you will find that Buddhism takes on several forms. Stories and meanings of each Buddha can vary depending on the culture and location. For all the differences, however, one strain of truth sits within them all: the Buddha portrays a very spiritual being with over 100 different mudras - hand gestures.
Buddhism dates back to the 5th century. Born a prince, Siddhartha Gautama witnessed the suffering of northern Indians so he began to meditate, hoping for an answer. He gained enlightenment and became the Buddha "the enlighted one", so his teachings of Buddhism began to have a far-reaching effect. Now, his image is depicted in statue form, taking on different positions to portray different messages.
We’ve included Buddha posture and pose meanings to inspire you on your home decoration
If you’re struggling with aggression, anger, or resentment toward another person, it’s not a healthy emotion to have. It can bring you down and create toxic energy that’s not beneficial for anyone. If you’re looking to make a change in your life, saying goodbye to bad energy and resentment, the Akshobhya Buddha is the perfect choice.
Traditionally, Akshobhya was an ordained monk looking for a fast track to enlightenment. After speaking to Buddha, he realized that patience and removing negativity from his life was the answer. Therefore, to get to the path of enlightenment and become a Buddha, he held no anger or aggression toward another person. This fared him well until he reached his goal of becoming a Buddha. Even then, he continued to be level-headed and non-aggressive toward others.
The Happy Buddha, also known as Ho Tai, is a Chinese Monk rather than a Buddha. However, just like a Buddha, he wears robes, brings joy and happiness to people, and has even been compared to the Western world’s Santa Claus.
The Happy Buddha represents wealth and joy. Typically, he has a chubby stomach, bald head, a smile on his face and an exposed chest. This image is a reminder that good things will come to joyful people.
His presence will lift your whole household or business decor and it can be perfectly displayed in a living room or an outdoor space, like a garden.
Vitarka Mudra is a well-known and respected Buddha with regular use in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Yoga. To many people, Vitarka Mudra relates to debate, discussion, closure, and even energy form. When you form your thumb and index finger into the known “okay” gesture, you are creating Vitarka Mudra. To bring Vitarka Mudra into your life is to encourage and welcome Buddha’s teachings into your home and heart. If you want to create a space for living, learning, and good energy then a statue form of this symbol can be beneficial.
For those who work from home, for example, this Buddha can be displayed in the office area of the house.
The Shaolin Kung Fu is a well known martial art associated with the monastery in Henan, China. There, Shaolin Buddhist monks passe down ancient teachings such as "discipline first".
So if you're lacking discipline and focus, you can get inspired by the Shaolin Buddha statue that represents a combination of zen Buddhism and strength.
The Bhumisparsha Mudra Buddha is in sitting position, fingers toward the earth and a hand resting on his knee. It represents the moment of Buddha's awakening as it depicts the time he sat underneath a Bodhi tree and found enlightenment with the earth as his witness. So if you’ve reached a point in your life when you’re looking for enlightenment and connection with the earth, you may want to consider the Bhumisparsha Mudra to encourage your journey.
If you’re looking for Buddha statues to inspire you, then you will find over 100 mudras and meanings to inspire and encourage. They tie in beautifully with home décor while being suitable for both indoor and outdoor display.