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Monday, August 29, 2011
Buddha head statues are just one of the many different designs that are available, and have become very popular over the last few years. Buddhism is a religion that has a very unique style, culture, and belief system. The different poses and gestures that the Buddha statues portray is just one part of this incredible religion. Every single Buddha holds a different purpose, and carries an important message.
Although you may have seen many of the more common Buddha poses and statues, you may not have ever truly understood what they mean. Some are very comical, and will ensure that they bring a smile to people's faces, and others are deeper and far more complex. Buddha head statues have become one of the popular statues that people have around their homes.
They are very historical, and the tradition of having simply the head of the Buddha dates back to the time when Thailand and Myanmar were at war. They would both burn the Buddha statues taking their heads as a trophy. Today they are simply used as an ornament for homes, gardens, and other locations. Although Buddha head statues are very popular, there are many other designs to choose from.
Most Buddha statues can be found either standing, laying, or sitting, and their different postures represent different meanings. The Dhyana Mudra is a very popular Buddha that can be found sitting on a lotus flower. This Buddha is in a meditating position with crossed legs and different hand poses. This Buddha represents the calming influence of meditation, and is guiding the people along the path of enlightenment.
There are characteristics that can be found on several different Buddhas, and these are often the position of the hands. If the hands are crossed over the chest this represents Dharma; however if they are crossed in the lap this is depicting meditation. Not only is the posture of every different Buddha important, but also the inner meaning. Some of the Buddhas represent wealth and happiness, and others help with medicine and good health.
There are five very common Buddha poses that will be seen often: these are right hand raised with the palm facing out, and the left hand facing down, which represents peace and peacemaking. All five fingers reaching towards the ground represents enlightenment of the Buddha. Both hands of the Buddha in the lap will often mean wisdom, and will often have a bowl positioned nearby.
The index finger and thumb of both hands touching to form a circle represents the wheel of dharma. The last pose is both hands at waist height with palms out: one up, and one down. Although the positioning of the different poses is very significant within the religion many people purchase the statues and Buddha head statues because they enjoy the way they look.
If you're satisfied with the Buddha you've chosen, oftentimes you'll begin feeling enlightenment and happiness almost right away. Buddhas are believed to bring a huge amount of good luck, and no matter what form you have decided upon, everyone needs good luck.