Give Life to the Buddha Statue
Tibetan Buddhists believe that a Buddha statue is only an empty shell unless it is properly filled and consecrated. Therefore, your new Buddha statue should be filled with the required materials and then consecrated by a qualified guru. As a result, your statue will be aesthetically pleasing and it will also bring you blessings when you see it. These are the great blessings of the enlightened body, enlightened speech and the enlightened mind.
- Body – when the statue is filled, the statue body becomes enlightened and it is no longer just a metal shell.
- Speech – when the statue is filled with mantras it will contain enlightened speech.
- Mind – the enlightened speech will transform the mind of the practitioner with positive energy.
Cover the Face of the Buddha Statue
It is important that the new owner of the Buddha statue does not see the face and eyes of the Buddha statue until it is filled and consecrated. As a result, we always carefully cover the face and eyes of the Buddha before shipping. This protects the statue’s detailed gold face painting and the new owner will not see the face and eyes of the statue until after the consecration.
Required Filling Materials for Buddha Statues
All of our Nepali Buddha statues can be opened at the base. As a result, it is possible to fill them with the required materials for the consecration. Afterwards, the statue base is resealed and the materials that sustain the life of the Buddha are retained inside.
A qualified guru will decide what materials need to be placed inside of the statue. Next, he will have his assistant (typically a lower level guru) insert the items into the statue. The items must be inserted properly. For example, certain items are put in the crown and near the heart. Larger statues require more materials and can take longer to fill properly.
Required materials are typically rolled mantras, fragrant wood, incense powders, and the five metals (gold, silver, brass, iron and copper). Discretionary items would include soils from a sacred place e.g. soil from Lumbini or Bodh Gaya.
Additionally, a small edible pill called a prasad or jhilap which contains blessings of the Buddha can also be inserted into the statue. These pills are edible and are sometimes consumed by devotees during the consecration ceremony. Also, the guru will sometimes advise that a small piece of coral stone is inserted into the statue.
Consecration of the Buddha Statue
After the Buddha statue has been properly filled by the lower level guru, it is time for the higher guru to preform the ceremony. The blessing will take about 15-30 minutes depending on the preferred procedure of the guru preforming the ritual. During the ceremony the guru will continuously recite the deity’s mantra.
Additionally, the guru concludes the ceremony by using other ritual tools such as the ghanta and the vajra. The ghanta (bell) is the symbol for feminine attribute of wisdom and the vajra represents the masculine attribute of skillful means or compassion. The joining of wisdom and compassion is the state of the enlightened mind.
Consecrations for Buddha Statues, Ritual Items and Thangkas
We are more than happy to have our Nepali guru preform the filling and consecration ceremony for your new Buddha statue, thangka or ritual item.
Although the Buddha statues are a bit more intensive, thangkas and ritual items are relatively easy. This is because the Buddha statues also need to be properly filled, whereas thangkas will have a mantra properly painted onto the back. On the other hand, ritual items only require the blessing.
The cost of the filling materials is nominal compared to the cost of the new statue itself. Accordingly, the price is more for larger statues and less for smaller statues. However, the cost for the consecration service and filling the statue is separate from the cost of the filling materials. As such, the service fee is not considered to be a fee and it is not a set price. Instead, it is considered a contribution such as a gift from the statue owner to the guru. Please contact me before your purchase if you would like to have your statue consecrated in Nepal.
If you intend to handle your own consecration, don’t worry because we carefully cover the face and eyes of the Buddha statue before shipping.