How to choose a Buddha statue for your landscape design

Posted by Bobby Leesman on

Buddha statues and artworks bring a sense of joy and peace to any Asian-style garden or landscape design. But did you know that there are different forms of Buddha? And do you know how to choose the right one for you?

You can find Buddha statues in over 100 different poses and styles. Each one is distinguished by its pose and hand gestures. The sculptures can be made from wood, stone, or bronze, and use artistic styles from all over Asia. But in today’s post, we’ll focus on just a few types.

Protection Buddha

This is one of the most popular depictions of Buddha, also known as abhaya-mudra. The statue raises its right hand as a protective shield.

This is a good choice for a garden which is a place of refuge and peace. The Buddha statue stands watch over everyone who comes and goes, offering them protection from the unpredictable world.

Calming Buddha

Next, there is the calming or meditational Buddha. Traditionally, this version of Buddha is known as amithabha buddha, or Boundless Light.

The Buddha sits with legs crossed and arms relaxed, in a pose of complete calm and peace. The meditation pose is popular in gardens and parks all over the world, because it’s impossible to resist the tranquil atmosphere which this Buddha creates.

Laughing Buddha

Last on our list, there’s the laughing Buddha. Not many people realize that the “happy Buddha” is not really the Buddha. Instead, this statue comes from an old Chinese legend of Ho Tai, a Chinese monk. His smiling face and open arms represent hope, optimism, and prosperity. A Chinese laughing Buddha statue will bring joy and good luck into your landscape design.

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