Buddhism, a culture of wisdom, compassion and spirtuality
Buddhism is one of the most popular religion all over the world that reflects strong culture of wisdom, compassion and spirituality. It was after 6th century BCE, it got spread rapidly, at different parts of the world, beyond Asia, and still continues to grow bigger by indulging various followers under its influence. As it grew bigger and wider, its practices also started to have its flow effectively the teachings and the philosophies of Lord Buddha started to create a powerful impact among the people.
In Nepal and some other Asian countries, Buddhism plays a significant role in people’s life, people from these countries religiously flow Lord Buddha and his philosophies. In almost one house to the other, you will find the images or the statue of Lord Buddha, placed either for some religious and meditational purpose or as a décor. Moreover, the Lord Buddha as a whole signifies peace, spirituality, and yogic enlightenment. And more importantly, you do not have to be a Buddhist to keep the image or the statue of Lord Buddha at your place. However, there are certain rules as per the Eastern aesthetic that you need to follow, to gain a fulfilling and peaceful life.
Similarly, there are various artefacts of Lord Buddha that symbolizes different meanings and advantages. Among those artefacts, “Pancha Buddha” is one of the popular reincarnated version of him, which is also known as “Dhyani Buddhas” (meditative Buddhas). Thus, Pancha Buddha is the symbol of meditation, where there are five different versions of Lord Buddha in different meditative posture. Further, these five Buddhas are, Vairochana, Akshobhya, Ratnasambhava, Amitabha and Amoghasiddhi.
Moreover, even for the Pancha Buddhas, we have to follow a specific way of placement, to gain a powerful and positive effect of it. For instance, as per the norms, Akshobhya needs to face east while placing it, Ratnasambhava needs to face south, Amitabha-west and Amoghasiddhi-north.
Likewise, the various symbolic meditative posture of these five Buddha are as follows:
- Vairochana: Dharmachakra, which symbolizes the law of turning the wheel
- Akshobhya: Bhumisparsha, symbolizes touching the earth with one hand
- Ratnasambhava: Varada, symbolizes Boon-giving
- Amitabha: Dhyana, symbolizes meditation in general
- Amoghasiddh: Abhaya, symbolizes protection
Again, it is very much important to follow the correct placement of any statue of Lord Buddha, by valuing the Buddhist cultural. It’s believed, that the correct placement of the statue will help to channelize the positive energy. So, if you decide to keep the Pancha Buddha at your place then, it is important to be careful about its placement. So that, you will be able meet the meditational purpose and, enlighten your vision to improve your lifestyle.
Besides, Buddhism, unlike other religion focuses more towards discipline, ethics and compassion. Hence, it is highly advised to follow Buddhist custom while displaying the Lord Buddha. For instance, we should not to put a Buddha Statue at any place where people’s feet will naturally point toward it, by making sure that the placement of the statue is at an ideal place, by facing toward the interior of the house, somewhere at the top (not on the floor).
Correspondingly, if someone wants to create their own Buddhist shrine, then they first need to choose which statue of Lord Buddha they want to have at their shrine. Moreover, they need to understand, it is regarded as a rude act to display only the head of Lord Buddha. Instead, it is better suggested to keep a statue that represents his entire body.
Secondly, you may even place a picture of the Dalai Lama, just below the statue of Buddha, by offering some candles, flowers, incense, food and the singing bowls with some water in it. (You may find all these items required to create your own Shrine, at our store. Thereby, do visit our site www.nepacrafts.com)
Accordingly, if you want to create a meditational room, then you need to look for a private space with soft lighting, and quiet ambience. Furthermore, you do not even need a separate room, nor it needs look like a shrine. All it takes is a corner of your bedroom, living room or the study room, where you feel comfortable and nice. The main purpose of a meditational room is to create sanctuary of peace and focus, by separating us from the materialistic and stressful world, to develop our inner ability and, improve our thoughts and vision.
Thus, you can decide how you want to place a space for yourself, and get either a chair or a yoga mat with a cushion, just to make yourself comfortable during the meditation. You may also consider to add candles, plants, maṇḍala art or the statue of Buddha at the space you are planning to meditate. Just remember, meditation is for your own peace and happiness, so make yourself comfortable and get yourself a personalized corner for it.
Lastly, Lord Buddha is the symbol to happiness, peace and serenity, and by placing him at your place, you may bring some good fortune of goodwill and improve the overall energy around you. Further, the activities like making a shrine or getting a place for meditation will help you in calming and glorifying your life with positivity and internal evolution. Therefore, despite you are a Buddhist or not, you may still consider to get a statue of Lord Buddha or anything that symbolizes him. As, it is a medium to enlighten our life, to gain a wholesome living of happiness and satisfaction.