Bringing Harmony To Your Garden

Buddha statues have always been thought of as bringing good luck, harmony and tranquility. In fact the concept has been marketed so well that it is a flourishing industry in its own right. The laughing Buddha statue, arguably the most popular one, is actually fashioned not after Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, but Budai, a monk from Chinese folklore, who was known as a happy, wise and contented man. The differences between the two characters are stark and unmistakable, somehow the identities were confused, and the monk is now content with usurping the original Buddha's title.

The Buddha Mood

Your garden is a place of serenity and peace, and it may be where you go to wind down after a tough day at work or with the kids. It's only natural to want to decorate it with symbols of that peace. For that reason, Buddha statues are perfect. They not only provide that ambient mood that you're looking for, but who knows, they may actually bring the luck and harmony that they promise as well.

Buddha Garden Statues: Material Things

Buddha garden statues are made of several types of material, in different poses, and even colors. You will obviously need something that won't rot in the open or discolor too quickly. Wood is definitely out, unless it's seasoned and the surface suitably protected. Bronze or copper ones are good, as is stone, but the hand-sculpted ones will cost quite a bit more than you may have planned to spend.

The Many Faces Of The Buddha: Striking A Pose

The poses that the statues are available in are also of different types. A famous one is the sitting Buddha, with his right hand placed on his knee, holding a chain of beads. Another that depicts wealth and prosperity shows him standing, with his arms stretched upwards holding gold ingots. Yet another, called the Buddha of Fulfillment, shows him sitting, with a group of infants happily climbing all over him. You may have also seen one of him carrying his famous cloth sack and gourd, ready for a long journey.

Buddha Garden Statues: The Sources Of Enlightenment

Now it's a question of where to go buy one. If you're not particular about the Feng Shui system, then it doesn't matter which type you buy – they're all elegant pieces and are pleasing to the eye. The choice, then, is about the size, material and color, not to mention cost. There are several resources for you to go to. Gardening stores nowadays carry a few pieces for the odd customer, but the choices may be limited. Your best chance would be the internet; there are several online stores that supply nearly every type of Buddha you can imagine, and even some that you can't.

Buddha Costs: Every Peace Has Its Price

Prices will vary according to the size, material, and sometimes even the color and finish. A basic 8-inch Thai brass statue can be bought for about $70, while a four and a half foot stone-sculptured one can cost as much as $5500 or more, so pick a price that you're comfortable with, and shop until you find one that satisfies you. Online stores may not afford you the satisfaction of haggling for price but they will advertise some great discounts and special offers like statue of the day for a bigger discount, and the like.

Take Care of Your Garden Buddha Statue

When buying a Buddha garden statue, keep in mind the space you have and where you will be putting the statue. Cursing the Buddha every time you stub your toe on him is not going to do wonders for your peace of mind every time you enter your private space. Also remember that you're going to have to clean the statue regularly, and polish the metal ones when they get tarnished. You don't want the neighbors to go "oh I so love your 16th Century Buddha, it must have cost you a fortune", when it's only been a couple of months since you bought it brand new for $69.99 including taxes and shipping. Well, unless that's the look you're going for.