Buddha, also known as Gautama Buddha or Siddhartha Gautama, is the central spiritual figure in Buddhism. Largely popular in Asia, the teachings of Buddha have reached western countries, too. In fact, it’s common to find Buddha statues in homes and even office spaces. It is said that placing a statue of Buddha in a space can bring in positive energy. The meaning of each Buddha statue depends on his Mudra—the symbolic gesture performed by his fingers or hands. 

A meditating Buddha has his eyes closed and is usually sitting in a lotus position. The Mudra of this Buddha is usually Dhyana Mudra, which signifies absolute balance and of meditation. The tips of the fingers and thumbs touch each other, and the hands are on the lap. A meditating statue is reminiscent of the real Buddha, who faced the sun as he searched for enlightenment.

The blessing Buddha bestows compassion and fearlessness and is an excellent addition to a den or office. This type of statue has Buddha sitting in a lotus position once again but has a Vitarka Mudra. He forms a circle with the index finger and thumb to signify the Wheel of Law. This Mudra symbolizes intellectual argument and discussion. The other hand of Buddha carries a bowl as it rests upon his lap. This can signify giving a blessing as it is known that Buddha delivered the people of the world the knowledge of medicine. 

The teaching Buddha is sitting in lotus position, one hand in Jnana Mudra. The hand is at chest level and the index finger and thumb forms the Wheel of Law. This mudra means teaching. 

Other forms of Buddha statues in different mudras are available online. Choose one that best suits your preferences and your space.