since ancient times, feng shui remembered the image of buddha as an inspiring symbol of self-improvement, vitality and noble feelings. the presence of different types of buddhas in the home helps to recover the axis before losing the course, never more opportune than in difficult times. In the various representations of the Buddha (thin or bulky, sitting on his legs in a meditative attitude, holding various objects, or performing mudras with his hands) there is something that remains undisturbed in the image: the feeling of infinite fullness.
The word comes from Sanskrit and means “enlightened”, “one who is awake” in the sense of having “awakened to reality”. can be used both to refer to the original Buddha (6th and 5th century BC) and to a title or epithet given to individuals who attain true wisdom.
the buddha at home
For feng shui, in its different iconographies, the Buddha is a powerful activator, but not an object of devotion in itself. it is treated with respect to adorn a special place from which it attracts sheng qi (beneficial energy) to the home and personal projects. His image is an inspiring symbol of encouraging thoughts: abundance, harmony, serenity, health, prosperity, and since thought is creative energy, it is always wonderful to have this type of daily stimulus in the house.
We can find two types of aesthetics to represent the Buddha:
•a more relaxed and smiling image corresponds to the voluptuous image of budai or hotei, a Chinese monk identified as a manifestation of maitreya (the future buddha).
•the other is true to the idea of the ascetic with great inner strength.
both are welcome, and in these times of crisis we can turn to the voluptuous one to activate the aspiration for money and abundance and the other to keep us on our emotional and spiritual axis.
the ascetic buddha
Before choosing symbols and figures for the house, it is advisable to know their meaning in order to give an authentic meaning to their presence in our environment.
If we choose a version of the ascetic Buddha in an attitude of meditating, we will see some features that are repeated beyond the copy we have. for example:
•closed eyelids are a symbol of spiritual concentration and purity due to their resemblance to lotus petals.
•the smile sketched on the serene face represents the balance and serenity of an enlightened being.
•the elongated lobes of the ears allude to the ability to listen, greatness, nobility and wisdom.
•The bun hairstyle, bump on the crown or usnisha is a symbol of meditation, concentrated spiritual life and wisdom.
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the mudras of meditation on the buddhas
The image of the Buddha is always found making some symbolic gesture with the hands, called mudra, and there is a great variety of them.
These gestures are part of religious ceremonies and meditation practices that help achieve certain internal states of harmony. Through the mudras, the images consolidate an intellectual and affective communication with those who contemplate them, and even more so with those who execute them.
It is interesting that we know the meaning of the mudra that our home buddha is performing. Some of the basic ones that we can find are:
mudra of teaching, or exposition of the law and appeasement. the hand (usually the right) is raised, palm out, the thumb touching the index or middle finger (sometimes the ring finger), which are flexed. has multiple variations.
feng shui uses: activates the power of leadership, and the wisdom to lead projects.
is the gesture of greeting and worship and probably the oldest of all mudras. It is also a common gesture of greeting and thanks in India. in it the palms are held together at chest level. It is a mudra that teaches us to be grateful for obstacles as well as benefits.
feng shui uses: clears the mind, and helps balance the internal yin-yang.
mudra of reaching the earth or touching the earth. It is done with the right hand, hanging from the right knee, with the palm facing inwards and the fingers extended downwards touching or pointing to the ground. This mudra symbolizes victory over demons, evil and passions.
feng shui uses: this buddha is a powerful cure to place in blocked areas of the environment that are reflecting obstacles in personal life. it helps to grow in some of the vital aspirations.
mudra of concentration or meditation. very common in seated images. It has multiple varieties. the basic gesture has the hands in the lap, one on top of the other, palms up. it means the power to transcend appearances and reach the truth of things.
feng shui uses: activates the aspiration of self-knowledge and spiritual capacity.
The Buddha is often depicted with this mudra of the turning of the wheel of the law. It is linked to wisdom and the search for enlightenment. The fundamental feature of it is the assembly of a perfect circle through the union of the index fingers and thumb that are joined at the tips forming infinity.
feng shui uses: activation of health and longevity, the ability to change and self-improvement.
Where can we locate the Buddhas according to feng shui
we must find a special place for our home buddha.
•in the office we can place the buddha on the desk. his presence is protective and stimulating.
•you never have to face the front door. it should be oriented at 45 degrees from it, facing towards it.
•Buddhas should not be in double bedrooms, or in the kitchen, or in bathrooms, or facing the doors of these environments.
•They are also not supported on a wall adjoining a bathroom.
•in the living room of the home we can use it to activate the aspiration of the benefactors (clients, protectors, contacts, facilitators) which is the Southwest, and activate prosperity strategies.
•Another suitable place is the western area, area of children and creativity, with mudra de varada that activates inflammation.
Buddhas can also be placed outside, in a specially prepared corner of the garden or even on the balcony. many water sources include the figure of the buddha, and resulting, if well placed, extremely auspicious.
also an office is a place where we can place the buddha, on the desk facing the entrance door at an angle of 45 degrees. his presence is protective and stimulating.
the benefits of feng shui in the home are multiple: it helps to fall asleep, improves concentration, achieves higher levels of rest, improves human relations, reinforces creativity, promotes professional achievements and improves productivity.