This is Goldie, our pet goldfish with one of our latest additions to her little home where she lives with her guppy and red shrimps friends.
Some of you must be wondering why we have a little Buddha into the tank as a deco. It is more than just for prettifying purposes. I was inspired by Tsem Rinpoche’s aviary where there are Buddha statues all over the huge aviary. Rinpoche’s ever compassionate heart placed the Buddha statues so that the birds in the aviary can fly/circumambulate the statues and receive blessings. This will also help plant seeds of Dharma in them which will sprout when the conditions are right.
As pets are also part of our family, we should wish the very best for our pets. This includes better rebirths and eventual enlightenment. Since animals are not able to learn, understand or practice Dharma the way humans can, as humans who are parenting our darling pets, we can help them by blowing mantras on them or place little Buddhas into fish tanks like this. Those with 4-legged furkids can let them wear Buddha pendants too.
One of the other things I would like to do in the future is to get a lovely weather resistant Buddha statue and place it in our garden to bless all the birds, neighbourhood kitties and other animals who regularly stop by our garden.