Using Buddha for Feng Shui

Small buddha statue with white and clear crystals

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Buddha imagery is not required for any feng shui home adjustments, but if you're interested in the symbol, here are some ways to use Buddha in your home for feng shui.

Who Is the Buddha?

The Buddha is a spiritual symbol and example of how to walk the path of mindfulness. The name Buddha means “awakened one” because the Buddha was a man who woke up to his human experience and attained enlightenment. The Buddha, just like each of us, was searching for contentment. That’s why the Buddha is a reminder that we can achieve happiness and joy in our human existence. He’s not a god to be worshipped, but an illustration and expression of what it means to truly wake up and live your own Buddha nature.

Buddha and Feng Shui

There are dozens of schools of feng shui. The BTB feng shui school is rooted in Tibetan Buddhism (hence BTB = Black Tantric Sect Buddhism), so there are some teachings on how to include the Buddha iconography in your home for feng shui. But keep in mind, the Buddha is a symbol. If there’s a spiritual reminder that’s meaningful to you, please honor that. In fact, you can apply many of these feng shui principles to imagery of other great spiritual teachers and/or practices.

Buddha at the Entry

A Buddha at the entry of your home can be a powerful spiritual reminder as you leave or enter your home. 

Buddha in Gen (Knowledge area)

Place a Buddha in the knowledge area of your home or bedroom with the intention to cultivate and deepen your self-knowledge.

Buddha in Qian (Benefactors area)

If you’d like to invite more helpful people and support in your life, a Buddha in the benefactors area of your home or bedroom is recommended. If the Buddha is a heavy statue, it can also provide stability.

Five Elements

The five elements can be used to help you select a Buddha for the feng shui of your home. Here are some ways you can bring in different elements with your Buddha.

Earth: Self-care, wellbeing, and boundaries

  • Colors: Earth tones, yellow, orange, and brown
  • Material: Brown wood, earthenware, or stone

Metal: Joy, beauty, and letting go 

  • Colors: White, grays, and metallics
  • Material: Metals and white ceramics

Water: Wisdom, your path, and community

  • Colors: Black and midnight blue
  • Material: Glass and flowing water (like a fountain)

Wood: Vitality, restoration, and expansion

  • Colors: Green, blue, and teal
  • Material: With living green plants

Fire: Inspiration, passion, and warmth

  • Colors: Red and fiery oranges
  • Material: With candles

Many Buddhas

By the way, there are also many types of Buddhas! There are even female Buddhas, and gender-fluid Buddhas. Buddhism originated in India, but as the practice traveled to different locations and through time, the representations evolved and adapted. Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk and spiritual leader, has said the next Buddha may be a community.

Here are some of our favorite Buddhas that you can use in your home to improve your feng shui.

Buddha

The traditional imagery is of the Buddha sitting in meditation. There are other poses for the Buddha like reclining, standing, and holding various mudras (a symbolic hand gesture). This style of Buddha can be used as a spiritual reminder to cultivate mindfulness, meditation, and wakefulness each day.

We consulted with Carmen Mensink, a Buddhist artist and teacher. She said that the image of the Buddha can be a strong reminder that “the Buddha is not a god somewhere outside of us. His function is for us to follow by his example and work on our own mind. This way we can make our mind stronger and prepare ourselves for when difficult moments arise.”

Buddha's Hands Stretched Out At Doi Sutep Temple, Chiang Mia, Thailand
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Green Tara

Green Tara is a female Buddha that is always ready to help you. Carmen Mensink describes Green Tara as “the mother of all Buddhas. Green Tara stretches out her right foot and is therefore ready to step down and help all who call out for her. She reaches out to grant all wishes.”

Green Tara is especially supportive in Qian (Helpful People) area of the feng shui bagua map.

Green Tara thangka by Carmen Mensink
Carmen Mensink

Kuan Yin

Kuan Yin is the Buddha of compassion. Kuan Yin is actually gender-fluid, as she is the feminine version of the masculine Avalokiteshvara (Chenezig in Tibetan). 

If you’d like more compassion in your partnerships, place Kuan Yin in your Kun (Relationships) corner. She will assist you to have more caring relationships with others and yourself.

Kuan Yin statue of wood in a home
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Laughing Buddha

The laughing Buddha was a monk named Budai. He's not exactly the Buddha, however, he is an Asian symbol of abundance. He exudes happy and buoyant energy.

Try placing this portly Buddha in the Xun (Wealth) area to invite prosperity and generosity. When you give with joy, you receive abundantly.

laughing buddha on window sill with jade plant, candle, incense, and crystals
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Medicine Buddha

The Medicine Buddha is a Buddha that is used for rejuvenation, both physical and emotional. The blue color evokes the wood element, which is all about restoration and growth.

You can place the Medicine Buddha in any area of your home. For overall wellness, you can also try the center (Tai Qi) area which affects all the areas of your life.

Medicine Buddha thangka by Carmen Mensink
Carmen Mensink