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Re: your home altar/shrine

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:14 am

Hi Fade,
if you resize the image it may allow you, if not PM me I'll send you my mail and I can post it online and send you the links if you don't have an account to do it with.
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Re: your home altar/shrine

Postby Hickersonia » Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:15 am

Cittasanto wrote:Hi Hickersonia
how did you bind the Book? it is something I am interested in myself.


Ahh, yes. Another thing my loving wife took the time to teach me. I had to look a little but I found a page that fairly closely explains the basic process here:
http://stacienaczelnik.hubpages.com/hub ... Step-Guide

I don't go to quite the same level of specificity on my materials as the above link suggests, so I guess I could say that you ought to let your inner creativity guide you, and be patient. As with all good and fruitful things, it takes some practice.
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Re: your home altar/shrine

Postby Fede » Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:50 am

[url][URL=http://min.us/mxYzjSdrc#1o]Image[/url]

altar #1; 'theravada....'
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Re: your home altar/shrine

Postby Fede » Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:52 am

[url]Image[/url]

Image #2 - green Tara...

She's a close and personal friend of mine...... :smile:

(Still haven't got the image pasting quite right though.... and trust me, for me, this is h-u-g-e!!)
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

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Re: your home altar/shrine

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:12 am

Hi Fade, all I do when I forget is quote a post that has images then past the URL where the original URL is and delete the rest of the post and post mine.
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Postby Fede » Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:25 am

what a good idea!
And it doesn't break the second precept! :jumping:
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
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Re: your home altar/shrine

Postby Fede » Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:36 am

This is in my entrance porch... It's the 'welcome home' Buddha, if you like.
Nice to come home to.

[url][URL=http://min.us/mxYzjSdrc#3o]Image[/url][/url]

(By the way, it snowed like stink last night. Can you tell??)
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Re: your home altar/shrine

Postby Bhavana » Fri Feb 24, 2012 12:31 am

a little girly, I know, but I like it that way. I use what i have. (no, I am not a believer in the mystical powers of crystals. I just think they are pretty)
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Re: your home altar/shrine

Postby VictoryInTruth » Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:46 pm

I like your altar it is very beautiful. I especially like your Buddha statue... If you don´t mind me asking...where did you buy your crystals...online or at a local store? I am looking to buy some crystals myself but am leary of buying them online and then they end up not being genuine. Thanks.

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Re: your home altar/shrine

Postby Kokoro » Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:50 pm

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Re: your home altar/shrine

Postby Hickersonia » Sun May 13, 2012 3:19 pm

My home shrine has, for six or seven months, resided in a small bookcase in our living room (next to my desk). Anyone looking back can see it on page 4 of this thread. Anyway, I've always felt that it's location was somewhat inadequate, but I've been very cautious to not "shock" my wife with anything she might consider "crazy." I guess you could say I've been breaking her into the idea of my being Buddhist slowly and deliberately so as to not cause too much friction in the home.

Keeping the story to a minimum (to keep the thread on topic), she has been fairly supportive of me, or at least not restrictive / prohibitive. She sees my spirituality as important, and maybe even valid (she hasn't said that specifically, but through her actions thus far it can be inferred). As such, I've decided to claim some space in our classroom for my quiet space and established my shrine there.

This entailed a new table and a lot of cleaning, but offers me a place to read, and possibly meditate if I so choose, something into which I'm only barely starting to venture. I figured I could share this change with friends here, maybe as a testament to the fact that multi-faith families can be made to work if both parties are fair and willing to work together.

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I carried over most of the items from the original shrine area but may make further changes eventually... I don't have a cushion, for instance, so I'm borrowing one from our couch when I need one. Fact is, ultimately, that I'm limited to a budget of about $15 per week and have usually been inclined to buy books before anything else. As I'm in the middle of the 1,400 page Majjhima Nikaya, I don't imagine needing any new books for a few... months at least.
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Re: your home altar/shrine

Postby plwk » Sun May 13, 2012 4:39 pm

Bhavana wrote:a little girly, I know, but I like it that way. I use what i have. (no, I am not a believer in the mystical powers of crystals. I just think they are pretty)

What's with the Catholic rosaries in the background, if I may ask...
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it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.

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Re: your home altar/shrine

Postby Coyote » Sun May 13, 2012 6:59 pm

Hi,

Love all the pictures of shrines, they give me so much inspiration because I have been meaning to make one for myself soon, although I don't have a lot of room being a student and all.
Where do you guys get your Buddha statues (I live in UK)? I have looked on ebay and there are some really nice ones, but I also want to make sure there are no rules such as being a certain shape, or having to be blessed.

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Re: your home altar/shrine

Postby Bonsai Doug » Sun May 13, 2012 8:28 pm

Great thread. This is the place in my home-office where I meditate.
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Re: your home altar/shrine

Postby Cittasanto » Sun May 13, 2012 8:43 pm

plwk wrote:
Bhavana wrote:a little girly, I know, but I like it that way. I use what i have. (no, I am not a believer in the mystical powers of crystals. I just think they are pretty)

What's with the Catholic rosaries in the background, if I may ask...

its known as a mala, they are used to count recitations, I have one made of bone!
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Re: your home altar/shrine

Postby bodom » Sun May 13, 2012 8:55 pm

Cittasanto wrote:
plwk wrote:
Bhavana wrote:a little girly, I know, but I like it that way. I use what i have. (no, I am not a believer in the mystical powers of crystals. I just think they are pretty)

What's with the Catholic rosaries in the background, if I may ask...

its known as a mala, they are used to count recitations, I have one made of bone!


Except if you look closely at the picture in question you can see Jesus hanging from the cross.

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: your home altar/shrine

Postby Cittasanto » Sun May 13, 2012 10:03 pm

bodom wrote:
Cittasanto wrote:its known as a mala, they are used to count recitations, I have one made of bone!


Except if you look closely at the picture in question you can see Jesus hanging from the cross.

:anjali:

HAHA @ ME
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Re: your home altar/shrine

Postby Kokoro » Tue May 15, 2012 2:07 am

Coyote wrote:Where do you guys get your Buddha statues (I live in UK)?


I got my Rupa at a flea market one weekend a couple years ago. I live in an area that is 99.9% Christian so I was very surprised to see this Rupa there, and for such a good price. You never know when or where you may find a Rupa for yourself. I have seen some nice Rupas on Ebay, so you never know!

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Re: your home altar/shrine

Postby Caldorian » Mon May 21, 2012 12:18 pm

Beautiful shrines! Very inspiring! :clap:

Here is mine:

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Re: your home altar/shrine

Postby Bhavana » Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:25 am

VictoryInTruth wrote:I like your altar it is very beautiful. I especially like your Buddha statue... If you don´t mind me asking...where did you buy your crystals...online or at a local store? I am looking to buy some crystals myself but am leary of buying them online and then they end up not being genuine. Thanks.

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Hello -

so sorry that I missed your question, i have not been here for a while.

I get crystals in different places - but one that is really good and has a huge selection is in Cherry Hill, in south Jersey. It's on Route 70, about 1 mile from interstate 295 exit - 36, I think? It's actually a jewelry store, gem and rock shop - more of a collectors type of store, not a spiritual store...so prices tend to be a little lower. The selection is amazing. It's called Gary's Gem Garden. You can look them up online, they have a site. Let me know if you need better directions, it's worth the trip.
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