Buddha Brass Statue
For Buddha, life is to be lived on Earth, not in Heaven... and Nirvana is not a place, but a state of mind in witch one is released from fear and desire, living in love and compassion here on Earth.
This Buddha is portraying the dhyana mudra. This is the meditation mudra, which symbolises wisdom. The Buddha used this gesture during his final meditation under the Bodhi tree when he attained enlightenment.