Yeshe - A cat that Lived at Sravasti Abbey. Yeshe means "Deep/pristine awareness, widsom knowledge"

Yeshe – A cat that Lived at Sravasti Abbey. Yeshe means “Deep/pristine awareness, widsom knowledge”

Giving Dharma names to your pets can be helpful in that it can leave positive imprints in their mind every time their name is spoken. For instance, the first cat to live at Sravasti Abbey was called “Manjushri”, or the Buddha of wisdom. Everytime someone called out to Manjushri, positive imprints were left in his mindstream.

Lama Zopas Advice

In regards to giving Dharma names to pets, Lama Zopa says:

“If you have a pet it is very good to give it a Dharma name rather than giving it a useless name that has no benefit for the animal. If you give your pet a Dharma name, such as names of the path to enlightenment (renunciation, bodhicitta, emptiness – they can be in English, Tibetan or Sanskrit) it leaves a positive imprint on the mind of the animal.”

“If you have a pet it is very good to give it a Dharma name rather than giving it a useless name that has no benefit for the animal. If you give your pet a Dharma name, such as names of the path to enlightenment (renunciation, bodhicitta, emptiness – they can be in English, Tibetan or Sanskrit) it leaves a positive imprint on the mind of the animal.”

Need a Dharma Name? Some Suggestions

To see a list of possible Dharma names for your pets (and the meanings behind the names), click here.

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