Buddha Statues & Feng Shui
The feng shui philosophy is based on living in harmony with nature. As a result, there are common sense elements that will make your home or meditation room more serene and peaceful. For example, feng shui implementation would result in enhancing natural lighting and open spaces. Ironically, these things also enhance human happiness which leads to longer life and accumulation of wealth. However, natural light and adequate living space also have essential metaphysical benefits such as enhancing the flow of positive energy (chi).
How do Buddha statues play a role in the concept of feng shui? This is an excellent question! The compassionate attributes associated with Buddha will create a positive ambience in the surrounding environment. Therefore, a properly placed Buddha statue will enhance the flow of chi energy throughout the home. This unimpeded flow of the chi “life force” is what brings peace and tranquility into the human environment.
Proper placement of your Buddha statue is important for the enhancement of energy flow. Therefore, we encourage you to be mindful of a few important considerations when placing your statue.
Simple Implementation Rules:
- The statue must be placed at least 2 1/2 feet above the ground on a table or cabinet.
- Place the Buddha statue so it is facing the front door, This will attract positive energy and repel the negative energy which is the source of evil.
- Never place the Buddha statue on the floor, in the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom.
- For placement in a study or home office ensure that the statue is placed in good light where it can be easily seen. This will encourage the flow of positive energy and enhance intellectual pursuits.
- Please use a statue that includes the entire body of the Buddha, not only the head or hand.
- Acquire your Buddha statue in a positive spirit and with confidence.
- Statue embellishments such as gold plating and precious stones can attract positive energy because of the self sacrifice made in procuring the statue.
- For meditation practice place the Buddha statue at eye level.
How Do Buddha Statues Enhance Positive Energy Flow?
The answer to this is very simple because a positive attitude enhances positive energy. Therefore, when a person enters their home it is certainly beneficial to immediately see a Buddha statue which represents something very positive. As a result, any negative thoughts that you are bringing in from the outside world will be met with immediate resistance. Since the Buddha is strongly associated with wholesome attributes this will be projected on anyone who has eye contact with a properly situated Buddha statue. The result is that evil thoughts are repelled and reflected back out the door while positive energy is encouraged.
Feng Shui Encourages Using Large Buddha Statues
Advocates of feng shui encourage the use of large Buddha statues. As a result, the flow of chi energy is amplified accordingly. Evidence exists to this effect in the Leshan Buddha statue which was originally constructed in ancient China. However, it is not certain if the architect of the project had feng shui specifically in mind from the outset. Fortunately, conscience implementation of feng shui is not necessary to receive the benefits.
The Positive Energy of Hai Tong
The mastermind behind the construction of the Leshan Buddha was a monk named Hai Tong. Hai Tong was full of positive energy and confidence when he set out to build the biggest Buddha sculpture in the known world. Additionally, his primary motive was purely based in compassion. For centuries, many sailors were killed and many ships were destroyed while sailing through the rough waters that existed at the confluence of 3 large rivers. As a result, Hai Tong’s masterpiece would be carved into the huge cliff facing the junction of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers located in southern Sichuan Province China.
Leshan Buddha Statue
Construction of the Leshan statue began in 713 ACE and it was finally completed in 803 ACE. Additionally, the dimensions of the completed statue were 71 meters in height and 28 meters at the shoulders. As a result of the construction, tons and tons of rubble were deposited onto the river bottom and it altered it’s flow. The ultimate effect was to calm the rough water and make passage safe for the sailors and their vessels.
The calm waters still exist over 1200 years after construction was completed. As a result, it is strong evidence that a Buddha statue will enhance the flow of positive energy. Certainly, prolific evidence such as the Leshan Buddha statue must make skeptics think twice!
Both Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
This evidence also indicates that the flow of chi energy flow can be enhanced with either a Buddha or bodhisattva statue. Leshan Buddha is a depiction of Meitreya who is considered to be both a Buddha and a bodhisattva. Theravada Buddhists believe that Meitreya is a fully enlightened Buddha while Mahayana followers believe he is a bodhisattva. The implications are that it is the positive energy which the image of a Buddhist statue creates and not the statue itself which enhances chi energy flow. Therefore, it can be either a Buddha or Bodhisattva which helps to implement successful feng shui into your home or office.