Relevant categories: Bronzes,Buddha Statues
(Above photo - Large Bronze Nepalese Buddha Statue - Buddhism Lotus Pose Buddhist Art )
Buddha meditation statues have become very popular among people looking for unique ways to decorate their homes. Still, some people could have recently joined the Buddhist faith and wanted to worship their counterparts in China or India. It is essential to be clear why you need the statue, how you will use it, and what it means to you. If you are a Buddhist, then check if the statue represents Buddha. When it comes to the details, the following are some of the essential features:
1. The Country of Origin
(Above photo - Hand Carved Buddha Amitabha Statue - Multi Armed Nepalese Buddhist Art )
Buddha meditation statues might have been made in India, Nepal, Tibet, Thailand, or China. Each of these countries makes Buddha statues in their way. In Tibet, Buddhist statues are created so that they can be filled with holy substances and mantras. Only that the statues from Tibet are already filled with mantras and sealed up. If you want a statue, you can fill it yourself, then get one from India or Nepal. However, in China, Japan, and Thailand, the statues aren’t meant to be filled with anything.
2. Quality of Workmanship
(Above photo - Bronze buddha in meditation pose )
Not all Buddha meditation statues are created the same. Some may have good-looking faces, and others utterly scary. So make sure you only buy a statue with a good face, without regard to the size. Several statues might be made of gold or silver, meaning they carry sentimental value as antique or vintage items.
However, as a Buddhist, you should only buy these items with the proper intentions. Such a statue should be looked at as a possession but as ab offering of the very best. That’s because having a Buddhist meditation statue made of precious metal is tantamount to offering something precious. Even when the statue isn’t made from precious metal, its face should be painted in gold and adorned with jewels.
Why Are Buddha Meditation Statues Filled?
(Above photo - Large Marble Buddha Statue - Seated Nepalese Buddhist Carving Buddhism )
According to the Buddhist text, having an empty statue at home can diminish fortune (energy, long life, health, material things, and friendships). So, one of them advised filling a statue to benefit his body, mind, and speech. It helps you see the statue differently and gain an enlightened body. That’s because the statue represents the enlightened body and is not just an empty shell. So, you gain enlightened speech by adding the mantras. Once your speech is right, it will transform your mind. As you meditate and recite prayers, the statue will inspire you to have a positive mind.
Also, filling a statue connects you to it. The filling was traditionally filled by a monk who had been invited by the owner of the statue. Another role of the monk was to explain the dharma helping you connect with the statue. That may not be possible in the West, where there are fewer monks. Thus, you might be forced to help the monk by rolling the mantras.
(Above photo - Happy Buddha is in the building! )
Knowing the origin of a Buddha meditation statue is essential as it can help you determine how you will use it. It is also essential to look at the quality of the artistry when buying a Buddhist statue. Talk to us today for your own Buddha.
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