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The Significance of Buddha Statues for Your Home

Updated on January 17, 2018

Creation of Buddha Statues

The word Buddha refers to “awakened one” or the “enlightened one.” Buddha taught, mostly in northeastern India between 563 BCE and 400 BCE. He is the primary figure of Buddhism. Although there is not an exact depiction of Buddha, great care was taken in recording his likeness into books taken from his teachings. This likeness has since allowed for the creation of Buddha statues, figurines and murals that are used in Buddhist prayer ceremonies and as décor for the home.

Over 32 characteristics were recorded regarding the likeness of Buddha, including the note that he had blue eyes. Buddha is well known for his meditation, and his teachings encouraged followers to follow a path of balance to attempt to bring happiness to the world. Buddhism is now a major religion throughout the world. Buddha offered three basic teachings to his people:

  • Nothing is lost in the universe
  • Everything Changes
  • Law of Cause and Effect – Known as Karma

Where to Place Buddha Statues in your Home

Buddha figurines are available in many different shapes, sizes, colors and poses. Each has their own significance and add a different element to your homes overall design. Many, who practice Buddhism, have set aside a special alter for their figurine and use this area for prayer. If you intend to incorporate a Buddha figurine into your household décor, it is important to understand the proper way to display your piece. If not displayed appropriately, your placement may be considered a sign of disrespect in the Buddhist community.

  • Never place figurine on the floor or in the bathroom
  • For bedroom, figurine should be placed inside a closed cabinet
  • Turn the figurine to where it faces those who enter the room
  • For outdoors Buddha Statues, always face it towards your home

Buddha Types

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Different Styles of Buddha Statues

Buddha sculptures come in a variety of designs and each showcase a different area of Buddha’s life. Each version requires a specific placement location in order to offer certain elements of the displayer’s life and home. Usually you will find this figurine in a Buddhist altar in a home, but it is becoming more popular for non-Buddhists to incorporate them into home design, as well. There are many versions and styles, which each holds their own meaning and mood enhancing capabilities. When looking at the Buddha statues of sale, you should consider the following options:

Meditating Buddha

  • Most commonly found on the altar of a Buddhist
  • Symbolizes attention turned inward
  • Should be placed facing East
  • Buddha meditated on the sun when he was searching for enlightenment

Laughing Buddha

  • Symbol of good luck, prosperity and abundance
  • Should be placed in the southeast area of your home


  • Children at feet – west area of your home
  • Traveling – north area in your office
  • Spiritual Journey – Northeast area (education) – Southwest area (love and relationships)

Blessing Buddha

  • Depicts Buddha bestowing fearlessness and compassion
  • Great for the office and den

Teaching Buddha

  • Teaching was an important part of Buddha’s life
  • Hand placement symbolizes the teaching of the Wheel of Dharma, or the union of wisdom and method, one of Buddha’s teaching methods.

Long Life Buddha

Can be placed in various locations around your home or your garden; each of which has a different symbolization

  • East – Health
  • West – Children
  • Southeast – Wealth

Happy Home Buddha

  • Holds a parasol
  • Place in the southwest area inside or outside your home
  • Symbolizes relationships

Reclining Buddha

  • Represents Buddha in the later years of his life
  • Helps transition from life to death

These statues can be found all across the world, and each version depicts a different portion of the Buddha’s life. One of the most famous is located in Sri Lanka and referred to as Bhumisparsha Mudra. This version of Buddha, sitting with legs folded, is perhaps the most common style that can be found. The term Mudra represents the moment in which Buddha finally attained enlightenment after years of attempting to reach that point.

Abhaya Mudra, found in Taiwan represents the Buddha standing with his hands outstretched and is known as a sign of fearlessness. After Buddha achieved enlightenment, he was filled with a sense of being strong and of inner security. This version is sometimes referred to as the walking Buddha.

When searching for Buddha statues for sale, you will find a variety of colors, as well. Each of these colors represents a different level of meditation. The Buddhist flag was created in 1880 and represents each of the colors that made up the aura of the body of Buddha when he had reached enlightenment. Depending on the desired function that you wish for your Buddha statue to represent, you should be mindful of the following options:

  • Blue – kindness, peace, compassion
  • Yellow – avoiding extremes, emptiness
  • Red – achievement, wisdom, virtue, fortune, dignity
  • White – purity, leads to liberation Orange – wisdom

There are multiple locations that you will be able to find Buddha Statues for sale. Along with many brick and mortar stores, you will also find many options online at Zen Décor and accessories websites. When you are shopping, whether it is online or elsewhere, you should be able to find the majority of the styles that are offered. By understanding the significance of each Buddha figurine, you will be in a better position to properly choose a style for your home, garden or office.


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      Kuan Leong Yong 

      2 years ago from Singapore

      Very informative and insightful hub.

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      3 years ago

      I love Buddha Statues I have one in the yard, two in the living room one small one large, another macnificient one in my dining room. I just removed the small one from the bathroom to my dressing on the west side after reading this article. Oh the one in the hallway and on the book shelf in the living room. I seem to have placed them all in their proper places. Visitors always comment that they love my statues and how spiritual and loving vibes they give.

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      Kristen Howe 

      4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub, Alex. I never thought of having a Buddha figurine in my home. Maybe I should, if it's small. Voted up for useful!

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      Arco Hess 

      4 years ago from Kansas City, Kansas

      This hub is very interesting and useful. I've heard of the problems with placing the Buddha in the wrong place and even specific sects of Buddhism to not even like having the statue in the home. However, given some advice here with the placement makes me want to rethink my decision and go ahead and get one.


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