I love symbols of Buddha. It makes me feel happy and grateful. I practice yoga, but have not had extensive teaching in yoga, and I don’t know any sanskrit, but I find a peace and a sense of joy when I see symbols of Buddha and the hamsa. I especially love incorporating them into my jewelry! I buy all the Buddha and hamsa tokens and beads that I can find when shopping for materials.
Sometimes they take center stage, but I also like it when the symbols are unexpected and can sort of be discovered in my jewelry pieces.
I looked for some information regarding the meanings of these symbols:
“The Hamsa Hand is an ancient Middle Eastern amulet symbolizing the Hand of God. In all faiths it is a protective sign. It brings it’s owner happiness, luck, health, and good fortune. The hamsa hand has a wide variety of different spellings which includes hamesh, hamsa, chamsa, and khamsa.”
“The Laughing Buddha is cherished all over the world. He is found in homes, restaurants, places of business and so on. The Laughing Buddha is the Buddha of abundance and happiness. He is also known as the “Buddha of Wealth”. It is believed he will bring wealth and prosperity to a home or business.” http://goodlucksymbols.com/laughing-buddha/
“Meditation Buddha / Serenity Buddha / Calming Buddha This statue is for people who are either looking for peace and clam in their lives, or for those who wish to improve their own meditation skills. People will often buy a Meditation Buddha if they want to set up a “serenity room” or a corner of their house where they can sit in calm for a little while and unwind.
In this pose, the Buddha is depicted with both hands in the lap, face up, and the legs are crossed, either in a Double Lotus pose (with the ankles of each leg tucked behind one another in a locked position), or in a Single Lotus pose (where one leg rests on top of the other leg). Occasionally, an alms bowl is placed in the lap as well.
As this statue generally represents focused concentration, the eyes of the Buddha are either depicted as halfway closed, or closed nearly all the way. The silhouette of the statue is shaped – more or less – like a triangle, which represents stability.”
Buddha symbolism credit: http://www.thebuddhagarden.com/buddha-poses.html