Don’t Forget These 10 Rules When Placing Your Buddha Statue At Home Or Work…

Don’t Forget These 10 Rules When Placing Your Buddha Statue At Home Or Work

How do you determine where to place your Buddha statue? It’s easier to figure it out than you think! Take a look at the hand positions and the Mudras used. They mean everything.

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Dharmachakra- Wheel of Dharma (Cosmic Order)

Dharmachakra mudra expresses the continuous energy (symbolized by a wheel/chakra) of the cosmic order. The hands are placed at the heart level with the thumbs and index fingers forming circles (similar to Vitarka mudra). The right palm faces outwards and the left one faces towards the heart. This mudra is associated with Buddha’s first sermon or teaching. It is often referred to as the representation of teaching about the cosmic order as coming from (or through) the heart center. Place him in the home office or living room.

Uttarabodhi- Supreme Enlightenment

The Uttarabodhi mudra is called the mudra of supreme enlightenment. This mudra is formed with both hands placed at the heart; index fingers touching and pointing upwards, the other eight fingers intertwined. It is a hand gesture that clearly evokes a sense of unshaken unity within oneself in aligning with the One source. Try holding the Uttarabodhi mudra for a couple minutes and sense the subtle energy shift in your body! Any place that’s high energy is a great space for this statue.

Dhyana- Meditation

Dhyana, or Samadhi mudra, is the hand gesture that promotes the energy of meditation, deep contemplation and unity with higher energy. This neutralizes the energy of the masculine and feminine sides into one. Great for the meditation room, altar, the center of the home or study.

Vajrapradama- Confidence in Self

Typically translated as the Mudra of Unshakable Self Confidence, this hand gesture evokes so much more. Or, at least, not what we usually understand as self-confidence. The first words that come to mind when looking at this beautiful Buddha gesture are: “I come with peace because I am peace”. It emanates a glowing river of the most beautiful golden energy – soft, kind, radiant, very healing, ever-lasting. I guess we can call it the gesture of confidence in the Self, the real Self that is one with Divine energy. When this confidence is there, the Heart becomes the strongest communicator. This is what this Buddha mudra evokes – strength and confidence in the Heart Self. This is great for the center/heart of the home, the living room, or the main entrance.


Namaskara, or Anjali mudra, is the hand gesture that evokes greeting another being with the utmost respect and adoration for the Divine in all. As you can see, the greeting is expressed in a form of prayer coming from one’s heart. Your main entry, dining or living room or home office is the best place for this statue.

Bhumisparsa- Calling the Earth To Witness the Truth

Bhumisparsa Mudra is said to be Buddha’s hand gesture when he achieved enlightenment. It represents unshaken strength and the truth of his commitment to liberation, which helped overcome the darkness (Mara) challenging him right before he entered the Light. The story is Mara (the lord of evil) challenged Siddhartha about the witness of his enlightenment. Then the former prince reached out his right hand to touch the earth saying “I bear you the witness!” Then there was a terrific rumbling. Hearing the roar from the earth herself, the demon king disappeared.

Place this Buddha at the center of your home, main entrance, or altar.

 Varada Mudra

Varada mudra expresses the energy of compassion, liberation and an offering of acceptance. This mudra is made with the left hand and most often you can see it in conjunction with other mudras, such as the Bhumisparsa or the Abhayamudras, for example. This mudra is also called a boon-granting mudra, because it helps bestow a specific quality of energy one might be seeking from an enlightened being.

Abhaya – No Fear

This is probably the most popular version of the Buddha around. His right hand is in the Abhaya Mudra position, symbolizing no fear. Abhaya is translated from Sanskrit as fearlessness. What is the best feng shui placement for the Abhaya Mudra Buddha? The main entrance of your home or the living room.

Karana Mudra

Karana mudra expresses a very powerful energy with which negative energy is expelled. This hand gesture is also called warding off the evil. You can sense a very determined, focused energy just by looking at this hand gesture. If you have a Buddha with the Karana mudra, be very mindful about its placement, be it in a home or office. You do not want it to face the front door (which should have welcoming energy). Place it in any bagua area that needs strong energetic clearing.

Vitarka- Teaching Transmission

Vitarka mudra is interpreted as the hand gesture that evokes the energy of teaching and intellectual discussion, or argument. It mostly feels like the transmission of a particular teaching with no words, and the circle formed by the thumb and index finger creates a constant flow of energy/information. Close to Abhaya Mudra, the energy created by this hand gesture allows for a transmission of knowledge in a protected way, without being impeded by fear.

Place this statue in the home office or library/study.


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