Meaning of Buddha Poses and Postures

Buddha statues come in many different poses, postures and variations and it can be quite confusing to pick the right one for your home. Here's a look at some of the most common poses within Buddha Statues with the meaning and power behind them

Nirvana Buddha

Nirvana Buddha Statue Sivalya

Buddha is said to be one of the most important spiritual teachers in history. Through his discipline and spiritual strength he managed to attain Nirvana and leave the cycle of birth, death and rebirth behind. This statue shows Buddha lying down, minutes before he reaches Enlightenment and is considered very auspicious to the followers of Buddha for meaning behind it.

Sakyamuni Buddha

Sakyamuni Buddha Statue Sivalya

The Sakyamuni Buddha, also known as “Sage of Sakya people” is Buddha posed in what you call “Calling the Earth to Witness” posture. This posture is received after Buddha becomes a monk of Sakya and reaches enlightenment, which is why he is touching the Earth. He is calling Earth to be his witness for his victory over the material world.

Bodhi Tree Buddha

Bodhi Tree Meditation Buddha Statue Sivalya

As a young man, Buddha vowed to meditate until he found the answers to life. He took shelter under the branches of a Bodhi tree and it was there, after many days and nights, that he achieved enlightenment. It is said that during his meditation, he was almost deterred by the forces of temptation (Mara) and to remain steadfast in his quest, he placed his hand upon the ground for the earth to witness his strength and commitment. Bring it home for encouraging deep meditation practice!

Dharma Chakra Buddha

This name and posture refers to the period of first sermon by Buddha, which he gave after reaching Enlightenment to a small group of disciples who had previously scorned him. A powerful statue for those who are interested in deeper Buddhism studies and disciplines.

Wish Giving Buddha

Wish Giving Buddha Sivalya

In this pose, Buddha is depicted seated on a lotus, with his right hand facing downward with fingers extended toward the ground and palm facing outwards. A bowl of herbs rests in the left hand upon the lap in double lotus posture signifies his healing presence. In Tibetan Buddhist tradition this posture represents the Buddha bestowing blessings, knowledge and granting of wishes. Keeping this Buddha statue to your sacred space will add to serenity and happiness.

Serene Buddha Head Statue

Serene Buddha Head Statue Sivalya

A beautiful Buddha head statue depicted in meditation with a peaceful smile and serene expression. Portrayed with long ears signifying immense wealth he had during his life as a prince which he relinquished for spirituality and curly hair which represent his nobility. The 'urna' or third eye of Buddha is depicted which is a sign of auspicious blessings.

There are so many different Buddha poses and values to add into your home and sacred space. Hope this article helps you decide which is the best one to bring into your home. Namaste ~ Team Sivalya

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