Statues of the Buddha exist to remind us of what the Buddha taught. In particular, the four most common forms symbolise his teaching of the Four Noble Truths (the teaching gesture) and the development of virtues (the gesture of friendliness), mind (the meditation posture), and wisdom (the Enlightenment or earth-touching gesture). Some people, however, expect more of the statues. They believe in the power of the statues to protect them or bring them good fortunes. Do statues of the Buddha indeed have such power and more? What is the purpose of having the statues in our homes?

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