How do I choose his Buddha?

Comment choisir son Bouddha?

What Buddha choose for deco or meditation?

Whether it is for Chinese or Zen decoration of your interior, for spiritual purposes or relaxation (as for meditation) or as part of your religious beliefs, choose a Buddha statue perhaps sometimes complicated, given the many existing Buddha styles and forms and the abundance of the offer on the market...
So we will see together the few principles and concepts, well known in Asia but much less in Europe, that will allow you to “well” choose your Buddha statue.

 

Did you know there are different Buddhas?

Yes! First of all, you must know that there are different Buddhas (or Buddhas, because the 2 spellings are correct!). In other words, not all Buddha statues represent the same person. Buddha means “the Awakened” in Sanskrit, and describes a person who has reached the Awakening (bodhi).
There are however Buddhas that are much more popular than others and whose performances are most widespread. Here are the four best known...

What are the most popular Buddhas?

Buddha Laugh

The “Rigging Buddha,” sometimes called Budai, Ajita, Milefo, Pusa or Pu-Tai, in fact, is not a Buddha! This character, which is typical of the Chinese world, is the result of the mixing of several different characters...
In China, having a “great heart” is often represented symbolically by having a “big belly”... This is how one represents the “God of Prosperity” in Taoist religion (a character whose statue adorns many Chinese shops, in Asia or the West! ), a benevolent and kind character who helps others get rich and happy – including having enough property to feed many children!
In Buddhism there is a “bodhisattva,” that is, a “future Buddha,” which will be the successor of the Buddha of our time – the founder of the Buddhism we know, which is called Gautama. When this future Buddha becomes a Buddha (in a few billion years...), it will be called Maitreya, which means “the Benevolent,” and the period when it will live will be an era of happiness and wealth, material and spiritual!
As Maitreya seemed very close to the “God of Prosperity” they already knew and worshipped, the Chinese Buddhists ended up giving Maitreya the same attributes – a big belly, a jovial laughter, sometimes also children around him playing – while, usually, the Buddhas are rather depicted thin, in meditation, and with a little mysterious smile!
He was also confused with a Buddhist monk called the “Snowsack Monk,” Qici, who was reported to have lived in China about a thousand years ago and became very popular. He was an original character, who spent his life on the roads with a besace on his shoulder and did good wherever he passed, in a very unconventional way... He was considered a “terrestrial incarnation” of the future Maitreya Buddha. That’s why we also find representations of the future Maitreya with a bag on his shoulder!
 

buddha gautama 

Buddha Gautama: From his real name, Siddhartha Gautama, also called Shakyamuni Buddha (or Sakyamuni), he is the founding father of Buddhism. Siddhartha was an Indian Crown Prince who renounced the throne and his princely life to devote himself to spiritual search to find a solution to the 4 main sufferings of beings: birth, disease, old age, death.
Its representation is very codified and always the same, regardless of periods or countries... So it is easily recognized! There are 32 major features and 80 minor features, the main of which are: a protuberance on top of the skull (sometimes represented as a bun), a clump of hair between the two eyes, long arms that descend to the knees, wheel marks in the palm of the hands and on the plant of the feet... It is always dressed very simply, as a “a” monk, of a kind of toga that falls into elegant folds; he also keeps from his youth as prince long earlobes, distorted by the heavy jewelry to which he has renounced... He is usually seated on a sort of throne in the shape of lotus flower.
Sometimes he is represented very skinny, as an ascetic – at the time when he had not yet become a Buddha, he believed that mortification could be the solution... but he finally gave up!
 

Bodhisattva Guanyin 

Guan-yin is the Chinese depiction of a "future Buddha" whose Indian name is Avalokitesvara (it is also called Guanshiyin, Kwun Yum in Hong Kong, Kwannon or Kanzeon in Japan and Kuan Eim in Thailand). He is considered to be the personification of compassion because he decided to delay his entry into the "nirvâna" until all beings are able to enter it themselves... In the Far East (China, Japan, Vietnam), he is very often represented in a female form because, as a mother attentive to the happiness of his children, he wants to help all beings escape suffering; often Also, it is represented with several heads and very many arms, to symbolize this concern which manifests itself in all directions and in all possible ways!
He may be sitting on a dragon (energy symbol) or on a lotus, such as Buddhas, but usually with a foot on the ground, because he is willing to stand up to respond to the demands. Or he is standing and often holds a vase in his hand, to pour a soothing balm on all human wounds.

 

Amitabha Buddha 

The Amitabha Buddha (which literally means “Infinite Light”) is also called Amitayus (which means “Infinite Longevity”). In the Far East, these two names were combined into one: Amita-Fo (Amida in Japanese; Fo is the pronunciation of "Buddha" in Chinese). While Buddha Gautama has now disappeared “in nirvâna” and one cannot hear his teachings anymore, Amida is present at present, but in another universe, located west of ours! This universe, in which there is no passion or suffering, is considered a “Pure Earth”... It is called “the Blessed One”!
Although Amida lives in another universe, one can speak to him so that after death, he may be born again in his “Pure Earth” and thus be able to reach the Awakening by listening to his teachings. He is very popular in the Far East because he said that it is enough to pronounce his name with faith, even once in his life, even if one is a great criminal... to be able to be born again to him; he thus represents benevolence and the fact of feeling accepted and protected, whatever one does! He is the hope of a better post-death life and a great future consolation. Thinking of him is enough to appease fears... He is often confused with the Gautama Buddha, as he is represented with the same specific characteristics to all Buddhas.

Now that we have made knowledge of the main Buddhas, we will see the meaning of their posture.

What posture choose for my Buddha? And what are their meanings?

So you have now understood it... There are statues of different Buddhas, which are themselves represented in different forms: lying, sitting, or standing. The meanings of these postures are:
  • The elongated Buddha: This position represents the Buddha in rest or, much more often, at the time of his death or “extinction”, which is called “nirvâna” in Sanskrit. This posture evokes rest, but above all detachment, and invites to forget the material problems of the daily world
  • The seated Buddha: According to the gesture of his hands, called “mudrâ” in Sanskrit, he represents some episodes of the life of the Buddha or symbolic attitudes: meditation (both hands laid on each other in the fold), Awakening (when he touches the earth with his right hand), teaching (hands in front of the chest, with the thumb and index finger of each hand that touch each other), donation (right hand on knee, open face to viewer), appeasement (right hand raised, palm directed to viewer), etc.
  • The Buddha standing: In this posture, we find the different hand gestures with the same meanings (except meditation and Awakening...). His attitude is then more solemn.
  • The Buddha on the Move: Rare, except in Thailand, this position represents the Buddha’s wish to meet all beings; he then usually gestures in appeasement.
There are no obligations regarding the Buddha’s posture for your statue. The choice is therefore made based on your preferences or the purpose sought.
Some examples... Are you looking to clear a room of your home or increase your luck and happiness? The statue of the laughter Buddha (particularly popular in the Feng Shui), sitting or lying will therefore be the most appropriate... You are looking for relaxation and want to use this statue for your prayers or meditation sessions? A statue of Guanyin Buddha, Amitabha or Gautama sitting or standing will be more appropriate... In short, the combinations are infinite...

Now that we know the different Buddhas (or at least the most popular), as well as the meaning of their different postures, we will review the selection criteria to consider when buying your Buddha statue.

The selection criteria for the purchase of your statue

In order to choose its Buddha statue well, there are some rules and principles to observe, in order to ensure that the statue is an authentic and quality statue.

  • DDetails, Expression and Finesse of Buddha's Face: In China and Asia, it is said that one judges the talent of a sculptor artist in relation to the expression of calm and serenity extirpating from the face of the Buddha. You will therefore have understood that the first impression that must come to mind when you choose your statue is an impression of fullness and serenity. The statue must instill a sense of calm and peace, not frighten you, as often happens with statues of bad qualities produced on large production chains....
  • Details and quality of the painting : Like the face, the details painted on the Buddha must be thorough and precise.
  • Sculptures and engravings on the body of the Buddha : The details carved on the Buddha statue must be fine and thorough. The more they are, the more talented the artist is.
  • Industrial Statue Vs. Industrial Statue: There are many tricks to make sure that the statue you buy is from the crafts, if only by watching and touching it. You will find all the necessary information here and learn methods to verify that a statue is of craft manufacture.
Now you know how to choose your Buddha sculpture! But how do we integrate it into your decoration? And what should be done or not done with its statue? C’est ce que nous allons voir ensemble maintenant...


Where and how to place his Buddha statue?

  • For prayer or meditation: You can position your statue on the top of a furniture (armory style, shelf, table, etc.) or even create your own altar. Your statue may be surrounded by objects related to Buddhism (e.g. mala, candles, incense, mantras and sutras, etc. ), but especially no objects that have no relationship!
  • In the framework of a Chinese, Asian or Zen decoration: You can place your Buddha in your living room and other living rooms, or even at the entrance of the house... Avoid the bathroom or toilet style and rooms, or keep Buddha in a closed cabinet when you sleep. It is necessary to know that in Buddhist and Chinese culture, sleeping with a statue (no matter which one) turned to your bed is synonymous with bad luck.

What are the things not to do with his Buddha statue?

In Asia, there are certain beliefs and principles to be respected regarding Buddha statues. It is some sort of ways to honor his statue in everyday life:
  • Statue of a head of Buddha Vs. Statue of a Buddha in whole : A sculpture of a Buddha head is considered a sacrilege in some Buddhist cults, but also according to some popular beliefs in China and Asia. Buddha's head is acceptable for decoration purposes, but especially not as part of prayer. The statues of a Buddha head alone will therefore be avoided.
  • Not disposing of Buddha in a place considered “impure”, such as a nightclub or bar (where you eat alcohol), a room, toilet or bathroom (place of nudity) or a kitchen (place or food is handled).
  • Pointing the finger Buddha or a Buddhist monk : Personally, I find that pointing is rude in all cases!
  • Do not put Buddha directly on the ground : This is considered a blasphemy! Buddha must never be in contact with the ground.
  • Always put Buddha on top of your shelf or on the highest part: Buddha must always dominate the room in which it is found.
  • Don't suspend anything above Buddha, and not surround Buddha with objects having no connection to Buddhism.
  • Keep Buddha clean : It is advisable to clean up his Buddha statue regularly. Indeed, letting her dust herself could cause bad luck in your life.

That's it! I think we just reviewed the most important aspects in order to find out how to choose his Buddha statue. As with the malas necklaces and Buddhist and Tibetan bracelets (malas), there are certainly some principles to be respected, but the choice of a statue is above all a personal choice. In other words, your statue must make you vibrate and make you feel a special feeling...

If you do not have your Buddha statue yet, you will undoubtedly find your happiness among our selection of buddha statues from Chinese and Asian crafts.

Credit: I take advantage of it to thank theBuddhist Studies Institutes, for his help with the rereading of this article!

 Representation of the most popular Buddhas:

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17 Responses

Bernard

Bernard

February 20, 2020

Bonjour
J’ai commandé une tête de Bouddha 4 faces, je lis bcp de choses à savoir où la placer mais je lis surtout n’importe quoi.
Qu’en est-il ?
Je l’ai placé en hauteur devant la porte d’entrée.
Cordialement

martine navarro

martine navarro

February 20, 2020

dans mon jardin mes bouddha sont au sol.
je ne savais pas qu’il ne fallait pas les mettre directement au sol mais pour quelle raison
d’autre part, j’ai un f2 et mes bouddha sont entre la cuisine et salle à manger faute de place
pour quelle raison ne pas les mettre au niveau de la cuisine ?
je connais un endroit restauration et les bouddha sont dans les milieu de la cuisine…

dominique thiney

dominique thiney

August 28, 2019

ou placer les bouddas assis et un debout

Dagorn Pascale

Dagorn Pascale

September 05, 2018

Jai un bouda rieur debout dec90cm celui qui porte son chapeaux au dessus de ca tete je l ai mis dans ma chambre car je veut en faire un espace zen et protecteur et chance il et accompagner de cadre de tete de bouda femme et de cadre zen que me conseiller car j ai vue quil ne faut pas dans une chambre je voulais savoir pourquoi

Dominic Blain

Dominic Blain

June 24, 2018

Pour une chambre, qu’elle est le meilleur choix

Alvino anna

Alvino anna

April 24, 2018

jai acheter trois bouda un a les mains devant c est yeux , l autre les mains sur les oreille et l autres les main devant ça bouche ,j’aimarais savoir comment les place en ordre.Merci

Broca

Broca

March 19, 2018

Un voisin et ami, collectionneur de bouddha pour la décoration m’a offert le bouddha rieur, celui qui est debout,les bras au ciel portant des boules avec un grand collier de perle. J’habite dans un studio et mon salon estdonc le lieu de vie mais aussi ma chambre, je suis très heureuse de l’avoir mais où dois je le placer? j’ai que des étagères .merci de me répondre.

OGLIASTRO

OGLIASTRO

March 13, 2018

Bonjour
J’ai un bouddha rieur debout sur un pied depuis des années et j’ai que des problèmes je l’avais dans ma chambre face à moi après je l’ai enfermé car la personne qui me l’a offert bouler me le reprendre et la je viens de le ressortir et je l’ai mis dans la terrasse fermée aux milieux des fleurs et plantes es ce que c’est bon
Merci

Laura

Laura

January 24, 2018

Avant de vouloir un Bouddha en médaillon ou statut.
Dans votre fort intérieur.
Que vous dirait Bouddha si vous vouliez une statue de lui ?

Aurait-il permis que c’est disciple de son vivants et des collier et statut de lui ? je penses que vous connaissez la réponse.

Nomatos

Nomatos

January 24, 2018

Bouddha (Siddharta Gautama) a dit ne pas vouloir être idolâtré. Ne pas vouloir que l’on fasse des statues de lui. Être libéré des possessions matériels.
Donc croire ou vouloir une statue de Bouddha est parfaitement inutile.

Bouddha est dans votre cœur. Pas dans une vitrine. Ni dans une statue.

carmelina

carmelina

September 20, 2017

Bonjour un ami voyant a reçu un boudha je suis tombé littéralement amoureuse de cette statue aujourd’hui cet ami veut bien me la vendre puis je l’acheter,? MERCI

Nini

Nini

September 17, 2017

Jai acheté un bouddha pour le côté zen et le bonheur et la chance. Je souhaiterais le mettre sur mon meuble TV ou il y aura rien à côté car ma télé est accrocher au mur est ce que c’est bon ?

Dadian

Dadian

September 17, 2017

J’aime les Bouddhas dans toutes leur formes à l’exception du bouddha couché. Je pense qu’il est au repos et qu’il faut Le laisser tranquille.
J’essaie toujours de mettre mes Bouddhas sur des hauteurs ,tant que je peux pour qu’ils dominent .
Mais je l’ai aime meme en cadre ou en photos .
Voilá . Daniel D.

Marlene Berthely

Marlene Berthely

July 30, 2017

ecrire vous réponder jamais

ngiengo matuka djohny tel;00243898238174

ngiengo matuka djohny tel;00243898238174

June 15, 2017

comment je peut faire pour prendre la medaillons bouddha,epuis pour etre unicier.

djohnyn giengo matuka tel:00243898238174

djohnyn giengo matuka tel:00243898238174

June 15, 2017

je besoin de medaillon de bouddha epuis comment je peut faire pour etre unicier

Marlene

Marlene

February 04, 2017

Bonjour j’ai pas mâle de boudhats chez moi un bouddha rieur assise debout et je suie bouddhiste ces des cabeauxs quand ma fait que faire les maîtres quelque part rien marche pour moi Lachance j ai pas

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