This week’s timely springtime question comes from Jesse in Tucson, AZ, who’s working on a new Buddha garden for her front entrance.
She asks, “Do you have any thoughts about his placement or most pleasing way for him to sit? We are planning to do 3 of most plants: are there any particular rules about numbers?“
Jesse’s Buddha garden sounds lovely, doesn’t it?
A Buddha that greets you every time you enter and leave your home, surrounded by beautiful plantings, adds an element of Feng Shui that’s hard to duplicate in any other way.
So, here’s my answer:
- A solid slab of rock or marble is best for your Buddha to sit on. You definitely want to avoid any impression of discomfort that sitting on a pile of rocks (or dirt!) might create.
- In terms of numbers, threes are very good. Since odd numbers are Yang, they’re considered very auspicious. Even better would be plantings that come to a multiple of nine, the MOST Yang number, to create the best possible Chi energy.
- Use the Bagua Map to place your Buddha. I’d suggest placing him in one of the following spots: Knowledge & Self-Cultivation, Wealth/Prosperity, or Fame & Reputation. The area you select depends on your intention for having a Buddha in your garden in the first place.
So now it’s my turn to ask: What are you doing in your garden to bring in good energy?
(Photo courtesy of Akuppa_John_Wigham on Flickr)