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Buddha statues etiquette

CARE AND PLACEMENT OF BUDDHA STATUES

Do you desire to develop inner qualities of peace, beauty, and harmony? If so, welcoming Buddha in your living space can help you attain them. Even just displaying a simple likeness of him will do wonders to help circulate beneficial chi.

It’s not a requirement to be a Buddhist in order to own a statue of him. However, as with all spiritual icons and statues from any faith, there are some general guidelines to follow out of respect for what his image represents.

Sitting beneath the Bodhi Tree, Buddha meditated upon the rising Sun and reached enlightenment. Therefore his statue should always face east. Each morning the first solar rays of the new day will cast their warmth upon his likeness, awakening a rebirth in consciousness for all in the dwelling. Besides being totally disrespectful, it’s bad luck to place Buddha in a bathroom. Also the statue should never face one. A toilet should not be in a room directly behind nor above either. Doing so will flush down the drain your good luck each time it is used.

Buddha should never be placed on the bare floor or ground. He must always be on some platform or pedestal.

Nothing should be hanging above Buddha. If you keep his statue on a shelf, make sure that it is on the top and not surrounded by a lot of unrelated clutter.

Please keep Buddha clean! Dust accumulating on or around the statue is disrespectful. It will bring filth into your own life.

A Buddha facing the front door from inside the home can protect you from harmful visitors and intruders. His image will evoke a sense of mindfulness and blessings to all as they enter.

There are countless representations of Buddha. Picking the right one can boggle the mind when shopping. However each one denotes attainment achieved thru the mastering of a specific spiritual quality.