You don’t have to be Buddhist to benefit from its teachings, as many humans and animals of Wagga learnt over the weekend.
Around 80 people flocked to talks by Buddhist monk Geshe Sherab.
Eight dogs and one lorikeet also got involved at an animal blessing ceremony.
Coordinator Peir Woon said there are least 200 practicing Buddhists in Wagga, but all were welcome at conferences on healing practices, meditation and leading a happy life.
“One of the core Buddhist beliefs is the interconnection of all human beings,” Ms Woon said.
“People have different beliefs and preferences in the way they live their life and it’s very important we are connected to everyone in the local community.”
It’s the respected teacher’s third time in Wagga.
“It was a very short visit, but I think people found it helpful and beneficial,” he said.
Ms Woon said non-Buddhists were particularly interested in the meditation and healing practices.
The visit was organised by Potowa Buddhist Group and supported by the Multicultural Council of Wagga Wagga.