Buyer’s Guide For Purchasing Your Buddha Statue

Do Buddhists find decorative Buddha statues offensive?

No, precious Buddha statues are not offensive. In fact, the craftsman who make our statues use the same designs and sculpting techniques that supplied the monasteries in Tibet for many centuries. Additionally, purchasing a valuable Buddha statue actually shows sacrifice and dedication to Buddhist virtues. If someone finds a valuable Buddha statue offensive they are probably just jealous.

What does a Buddha statue mean?

There are several ways to learn the meaning of a specific Buddha statue. First of all, please pay close attention to the product description because the identity and meaning of the statue is clearly stated. Additionally, pay close attention to the hand mudras and postures the statues are using. The mudras and postures are always the tell all signs for the meaning and identity of the statues.

Are there rules of etiquette regarding Buddha statues?

Please do not place the Buddha statue directly on the floor, in the bedroom, kitchen or bathroom. Additionally, place the Buddha statue so it sits at least 2.5 feet off of the floor. The Buddha statue should be placed in good light where it can be seen and appreciated. If possible, always situate the Buddha statue so it is facing the door. As a result, it will attract positive energy as you enter the room and deflect negative energy back out the door. This last rule is especially relevant for the front door to your home or office.

What direction should the Buddha statue face in my home?

It is always most beneficial to have the Buddha statue facing the front door of your home. Additionally, it should be situated so it the first thing you see as you enter the house from outside.

What is the identity of the Buddha statue?

Many Buddha statues have similar facial expressions so you must pay close attention to the mudras and postures to identify the statue with certainty. Additionally, the statue is clearly identified in the product description so please read it before you buy. Some general rules for identification are as follows:

“Calling the Earth to Witness Mudra” – Shakyamuni Buddha
“Boon Granting Mudra w/Myrobalan Plant” – Medicine Buddha
“Meditation Mudra w/ Bowl” – Amitabha Buddha
“Meditation Mudra w/ Ambrosia Vase” – Aparmita Buddha
“Female Statue w/ 7 Eyes” – White Tara, additionally she sits in Full Lotus in contrast with Green Tara who has one leg partially extended and Green Tara has only 2 eyes.
“4 Arms and 2 hands clasped together in front of chest” – This is Chenrezig also known as Avalokitesvara
“Raised Sword In Right Hand” – Manjushri
“Diamond Mudra” – Vajradhara
“Holds Vajra in Right hand in front of heart and a bell in his left hand on his lap” – Vajrasattva

Do some Buddha statues compliment each other?

Yes, some statues can be arranged as sets. In fact, it is common in Buddhist shrines to see 3 Buddhas together and not only one. Normally, Shakyamuni sits in the middle and he has another Buddha or bodhisattva on his left and right side. The identity of Shakyamuni’s companions can vary depending on what sect of Buddhism and also your own personal inspiration. A common recommended combination of Buddha statues is Amitabha – Shakyamuni – Medicine Buddha.

Additionally, 3 protective bodhisattvas that each represent one of the Buddha’s virtues is a common combination. This would be Manjushri “Buddha’s wisdom”, Vajrasattva “Buddha’s power” and Avalokitesvara “Buddha’s compassion”. In this combination Shakyamuni can be placed in back elevated on an alter and the 3 bodhisattvas can be arranged in the foreground. 

Where do you buy a Buddha statue?

The best Buddha statues in the world are made in Kathmandu, Nepal. If possible, I recommend traveling there and buying a Buddha statue. If not, then we offer the best statues available from that area and you can purchase it here with free international shipping.

Why do I need a Buddha statue?

Buddha statues represent the morals and virtues of the Buddhas and bodhisattvas they depict. For practitioners and non-practitioners alike this can be very inspirational and help you to live a more virtuous life. Many Feng shui practitioners appreciate that a Buddha statue can be a strong generating factor for chi energy. Additionally, Buddha statues can be a potent meditation aid and they are also used for tasteful home or office decoration.

Why are some Buddha statues fat?

There is only one fat Buddha and that is Budai who is widely venerated in China. Budai is considered to be a deity but he is also remembered as a monk who lived in the 10th century ACE. His name translates as “cloth sack” because he is strongly associated with the sack he carried over his shoulder that held his few possessions. Chinese Buddhists also believe he is an incarnation of Meitreya Buddha.

Why do some Buddha statues depict a man and woman in sexual union?

This is known as “Yab Yum” and it is a depiction of the primordial union of wisdom and compassion. The male deity represents compassion and is seated while his female consort represents wisdom or insight and she is seated on his lap while they are locked in a sensual embrace.

Why are there so many statues of Buddha?

There is only one original Buddha who is commonly known as Shakyamuni or Gautama Buddha. However, there are several other Buddhas and also bodhisattvas. As a result, it is not only Shakyamuni who is widely venerated. Although some of the other statues simply embody the attributes of Shakyamuni many statues also have their own stand alone attributes. By learning to identify the mudras and postures you will be able to confidently and correctly identify the different statues.

An additional issue that can create confusion is that all of the Buddhas and bodhisattvas are called by several different names depending on the Buddhist sect or geographical region. For example, Vajrasattva is also Vajrapani or Amitabha is also Amida and Amitayus. Avalokitesvara is also known Chenrezig, Guanyin and Lokesvara. Even the original Shakyamuni Buddha is known by more than one name!

Is it true that you should only own a Buddha statue if it was given to you?

Although it is certainly nice to receive a Buddha statue as a gift, it can also result in significant delays. As a result, if you are inspired by a particular Buddhist statue it is important that you do not delay your purchase. There is certainly no bad karma in buying your own statue. Additionally, self sacrifice in acquiring a Buddha statue can be considered virtuous.

Did I buy the right Buddha statue?

Please confirm with certainty the identity and meaning of the Buddha statue before completing your purchase! The statues are clearly identified and described in great detail in the product descriptions. Additionally, I am always available to answer questions and there is no rush to buy if you are not certain.

If the Buddha is not a god why do people pray to the Buddhist statues?

The Buddha did not teach that people should pray to deities or even to the Buddha himself. Nonetheless, some devotees do pray to the statues and deities for inspiration and favor. This is similar to some Christians praying to the virgin Mary or to saints even though the bible does not teach it.

What other objects should I place near my alter?

Common additions to your Buddhist alter include flowers, incense, candles, fruit, a bowl of water and a lotus. Each offering carries special significance related to Buddhist virtues and beliefs.

Why are some Buddha Statues lying down?

“Reclining” Buddha statues have always been an important Buddhist symbol. The reason is that they depict Gautama Buddha as he is in the last few minutes of his mortal life. As a result, all of the reclining statues of the Buddha depict him lying on his right side. However, there is a variation in reclining Buddha statues as to whether his head is resting on his right hand on a pillow or if his head is supported by his upright elbow. Here the Buddha has entered Paranirvana which is the state that an enlightened being enters when they are released from the confines of the body. 

Why are some Buddha statues standing up and walking?

Walking Buddha statues are a Thai design called Sukhothai that was developed in the 13th century. The walking Buddha statues are still created in Thailand and common mudras include Vitarka mudra and Abhaya Mudra. Additionally, the pointed head reaching towards the sky is a metaphor for a flame that is reaching toward the heavens. A Buddha statue designed in this manner depicts the Buddha after he had achieved enlightenment. 

Are your gold Buddha statues gilded with real gold?

Yes, as indicated in the product descriptions our gold Buddha statues are gilded in 24 karat pure gold. Imitation gold Buddha statues or statues that are gilded in under 22 karat gold will tarnish over time. In contrast, 24 karat gold statues will never tarnish. This is one of the reasons why the 24 karat gold Buddha statues are much preferred by more discerning collectors such as Buddhist monasteries. Therefore, it is important to have a high quality gold gilded finish on your new Buddha statue.

Products that are imitation are usually pretty easy to spot. As a result, if I put a gilded 24 karat statue next to a gilded statue of lower quality, the statue with the 24 karat gold leaf will almost always speak for itself. This is because a 24 karat gold leaf finish will shine in the right places and this will enable sculptures to enhance the features of the statue.

Additional, signs of an imitation statue include brush strokes if the gold paint has been applied with a brush. Common forms of imitation gold statues are called composition gold leaf or Dutch metal. These statues contain no gold and are instead composed of brass copper and zinc. As a result these statues will have a dull green luster after they become oxidized. To prevent this, forgers will apply a topcoat of sealant but this will stand out as unnatural.