Placing a gold Buddha panel wall hanging in your home bestows a feeling of peace and tranquility as it provides a sense of harmony and balance to the environment.
The Significance of Buddha in Feng Shui
Many practitioners of feng shui appreciate the feeling of peace and serenity that a Buddha statue adds to their home. Although there are many beautiful Buddha statues for the home and garden, hanging a Buddha wall panel is a choice often overlooked.
In the practice of feng shui, Buddha locations involving placement of the Laughing Buddha, also known as Maitreya or the Buddha of Wealth, are the most common. People often place this auspicious statue of a happy Buddha on tabletops in living rooms to symbolize happiness and wealth. However, adding the image of a serene Buddha enhances the balance and harmony in your home and life as positive chi flows freely throughout the environment. These wall panels are also perfect for a meditation area with their calming influence.
Buddha Wall Panels
Wooden Buddha wall panels project the essence of serenity. These beautiful hand carved low bas-relief panels of Buddha, known as the Enlightened One, portray him with his peaceful gaze or his eyes lowered in contemplative thought.
These exquisite works of art range in size from approximately 12 inches by 10 inches to more then 50 inches by 40 inches. Constructed from two or three boards, the larger sizes fit together snugly once hung from wires attached to the back of the panels.
Craftspeople use several types of wood to make Buddha panels. When they highlight the natural wood panels or paint them gold, the artists apply gold leaf. The most common types of wood used include:
- Monkey wood (Enterolobium)
- Kadam wood
- Vintage teak (reclaimed from old buildings)
- Vintage rain tree wood (reclaimed from old buildings)
Styles of Buddha Wood Panels
Craftspeople make Buddha wall panels in several different styles, each with their own meaning.
- The pose known as the Reclining Buddha - This pose is also known as the Dying Buddha or the Laying Buddha and depicts a serene Buddha peacefully waiting to die. Having the knowledge that death is the transition from his physical life form to nirvana. Buddha knows that physical death releases him to a transcendental state freeing him from the cycle of rebirth. Buddha's expression is serene with closed eyes as he reclines with head propped up on his right arm. The flame coming out of the top of his head symbolizes his spiritual energy and shows he is in concert with the reality of his impending transition.
- Buddha's third eye - Located just above and between his eyebrows, the large round third eye is known as urna. This is another version of the Reclining Buddha. The urna symbolizes the radiation of Buddha's wisdom and his power to illuminate the entire world with a beam of light emitted from the third eye.
- A front view of Buddha's face - The peaceful eyes and smiling lips of this Buddha make a wall panel a magnificent focal point of any room.
- Wall panels depicting Buddha in the various stting or standing mudra positions include:
- Bhumisparsa Mudra - Buddha touches the earth invoking it to witness his words as truth
- Abhaya Mudra - Buddha holding out his right hand in front of his body palm facing outward is the gesture of protection
- Abhaya Mudra - Buddha with both hands in from front of his body with palms facing outward is the gesture for fearlessness and protection from cyclic existence.
Regardless of which of the magnificent carved gold Buddha panel styles you find the most appealing, you are sure to feel the peace, harmony and serenity it projects within your home.