Buddha Statue - Antique Thai Style SE Asia Bronze Reclining Nirvana Buddha Statue - 42cm/17" Long

What Does the Reclining Buddha Mean?

By Amy Underdown, London, UK

Siddhartha Gautama, who came to be known as the Buddha or the Enlightened One, taught his beliefs and spread his knowledge over a span of 45 years. Nearly 2500 years later, Buddhism remains one of the largest religions in the world. It is perhaps no wonder, then, that the Buddha is depicted in many various ways across art and sculpture. The perfect way to create a positive space for meditation in the home.

Here we discuss the meaning behind the Nirvana or Reclining Buddha. 

As the name suggests, this position depicts the Buddha lying on his right side. This represents the Buddha in his last few earthly hours prior to his entry into Nirvana, a state called ‘paranirvana’.

This depiction of the Buddha in his final earthly moments should encourage us to strive for harmony within the self. The image of Buddha at rest conveys a message of tranquilly.

According to the Vastu shastra tradition, placing a reclining Buddha towards the right, facing the west can bring peace and harmony to your home. Place it on a clean table or shelf to symbolize your inner beliefs and state of mind. People will automatically witness the serene statue, feel at ease, and consider you a peaceful person.

Reclining Buddha