Who is Meditating Buddha? The Buddha in a posture where his eyes are closed in deep meditation is often called as Meditating Buddha (Dhyanamagana). He is considered a symbol of peace, enlightenment and complete selflessness.

Another one is known as the Enlightened Buddha. In this posture right hand is faced downward with fingers towards the ground while the palm is inward and left hand in his lap. It signifies pure character, complete control and mastery of oneself. It is believed that after being 'Enlightened' and being 'Awakened' the soul ceases to reborn.

The Healing/Medicine Buddha got its name due to the herb Myrobalan in his right hand and holding a pot of medicinal nectar in his left hand with the right hand resting on his right knee, holding the stem of the Aruna fruit or Myrobalan between thumb and forefinger.


What does the long earlobe of Buddha signify? They symbolize a very mindful refusal of the material world in favor of spiritual enlightenment. Long earlobes signifies the journey of Siddhartha Gautama, who was a wealthy prince wearing heavy and expensive earrings to become 'Buddha' - The enlightened one. Some people also like to call long earlobes Buddha as 'All Hearing Buddha'.

Why the Buddha is seen under a tree in some statues? The Bodhi Tree or Sri Maha Bodhi, under which Buddha achieved Enlightenment, is an important part of the Buddha’s life. The tree was an old and large sacred Fig tree located in Bodh Gaya, near Patna in Bihar, India. The tree is an icon of the event for Buddha getting Enlightenment. The tree is recognizable by its heart-shaped leaves, which are prominently made visible in the statues and images of the tree.