There are innumerable pieces of Buddhist iconography depicting various Buddhas, but the Buddhas of the Five Directions are a prominent and common example. These Buddhas are most often found together in shrines where they... More »

Three main types of Buddhas exist. They are the Samma Sambuddhas, the Pacceka Buddha and the Savaka or Arahant Buddha, each of whom embodies a specific type of Buddhahood. More »

Different Buddha statues hold different meanings including overcoming fear, calm or serenity, meditation, Earth touching or calling the Earth to witness, nirvana, medicine, teaching, walking, contemplation, begging and r... More »

Buddha is famous for founding the Buddhist religion and establishing the pillars of the religion, which are called the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Buddha's original name was Siddhartha Gautama, and he was p... More »

A Buddha statue should always face east, as Buddha reached enlightenment by meditating upon the rising sun, according to legend. A Buddha statue must never be placed on the ground; it should always be elevated. It is als... More »

A Buddha statue represents the Buddhist religion, and depending on the Buddha's pose, can also suggest meditation, the gift of fearlessness, the gift of confidence and teaching the Dharma. The first Buddha statues appear... More »

"Buddha" is the term an individual receives when he or she fully comprehends the Four Noble Truths, sheds earthly ignorance and is fully awake, or enlightened. Buddhists do not believe a person is born a Buddha, but achi... More »