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Using Statues of the Buddha in Your Garden

Using Statues of the Buddha in Your Garden

Beautiful Japanese bronze Buddha statue in a Buddha garden

Buddha statues make a perfect accompaniment to your Buddhist garden and can be particularly striking when used in conjunction with Lotus pools as of course the Buddha is often depicted sitting meditatively on a Lotus flower. However in UK gardens water lilies grow better (unless you are fortunate enough to have a large garden greenhouse such as those in Kew Gardens,London) and have a better chance of survival in the British climate then the oriental water lily which requires a warmer garden temperature to thrive. If your garden has water lilies then the pond should be at least 2 feet deep and be calm and the Buddha statue can then appear to floating above the water reflected in it's calm stilled surface.

Whilst using a Buddha image or statue in your garden helps to create the perfect effect you should be mindful of the associations that the Buddha has and should not use one if you think it could be treated with disrespect once your are actually using your garden. Many Buddhists believe that the Buddha statue or images should be raised off the ground so you may wish to consider placing your garden Buddha statue on a plinth – one way would be to use bricks to create a platform or a marble slab so the Buddha statues is raised above the earth of the garden and given the respect the Buddha image and therefore the teachings and message of the Buddha deserve. Whatever you decide if you choose a Buddha statue for your garden is to ensure the siting and platform are harmonious and in keeping with the serenity and peacefulness of the Buddha image.

 Stone Buddha garden statue sitting on a natural rock plinth 

And of course you do not necessarily need to have a Buddha image in your garden design. Indeed, as I mentioned before you should not include one if you believe it could be treated disrespectfully once the garden is actually in use.

“In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the garden’s flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful as my garden. “ Abram Urban

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