Water in Buddhist Garden Design
Buddha statue reflected in a garden pond
We’ve written a lot about Buddhist garden design at the Buddha’s Face – but one area of Buddhist garden design we haven’t written much about is the importance of water in a Buddha garden.
Water is a tranquil and relaxing main focal feature in a garden – drawing the eye to its reflective surface and proving a great centrepiece for wildlife in the garden – attracting wildlife such as birds, cats, foxes and other mammals to drink from its waters as well as providing the ideal environment for the gardener’s friend – the frog to thrive in. Frogs are nature’s and the garden’s natural pesticide eating insect, slugs and other garden pests which can play havoc with your garden plants.
Buddha statue head rising out of garden pond
Frogs in your garden pond should be a key objective. So how best to attract them? Well firstly the garden pond should have shallow edges so that they can readily access the water and surrounding ground. Around the garden pond it is important to have moist shelter and vegatation where they can find food, shelter and particularly in the summer when the sun is high find dark places to hide from the summer’s sun.
It is also helpful to find oxygenating garden plants that can help to clean and aerate the water .Most garden centres these days have such plants. You should also try and make the garden pond at least 2-3 feet deep as this is the optimum depth for your garden’s frogs to thrive in.
A Buddha statue can find its natural place by the water’s side – the Buddha presiding serenely at the garden pond’s edge. The reflection of the Buddha statue in the still waters providing a calming and reflective centrepiece of your garden.
As with all Buddha statues – it is best to treat the Buddha image with the respect it deserves and have the Buddha statue raised off the ground on a natural plinth. Even better having the Buddha underneath a shading bush ,plant or tree in your garden can further remind us of the Buddha’s enlightenment – which occurred as the Buddha mediated under the Bodhi tree more than 2500 years ago.
Beautiful Buddha statue as a centerpiece of an elaborate garden pond
Some great Garden Quotes
Never forget gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of the gardeners’ perspiration. Lou Erickson
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 flowers in the garden, and the dreams are just as beautiful. Abram L. Urban
By singing: -"Oh, how beautiful!" and sitting in the shade.
Rudyard Kipling in his garden poem "The Glory of the Garden"
And finally a Buddha garden quote!
"A family is where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another then the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But should these minds get out of harmony with one another it can be as a storm that plays havoc with the garden."
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