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Re: your home altar/shrine

Postby Bhavana » Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:29 am

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...


I was raised catholic, and have many catholic items in my home.

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Postby Hickersonia » Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:37 pm

I know this might sound a little silly, but did anyone else decorate for Christmas?

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My son seemed to appreciate it, and my wife got a laught out of it (which makes it all worthwhile).
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Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:39 pm

:thumbsup:

I like it! We always put a tree up (artificial) for Christmas. The Buddha was enlightened under a tree and so were all the previous Buddhas, so I like the symbol of the tree both for Buddhism and for the holiday.

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Postby Ben » Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:12 pm

Nice photos, Hickersonia.
I often think that Christmas is tailor made for Buddhist holiday.
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Postby Benjamin » Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:46 pm

This isn't the best picture quality, but you get the idea! (Click for a larger picture)

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Postby daverupa » Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:22 pm

Hickersonia's altar is top shelf - you can see trash bins out the window, it's perfect.

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Re: your home altar/shrine

Postby contemplating » Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:59 pm

I don't have a shrine room, altar or shrine - am I missing out on anything?

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Postby Benjamin » Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:21 pm

It is my understanding that the decision to have a shrine room/altar is very much a matter of personal preference. The Buddha statue itself won't do much but serve as a visual representation of your practice. It can be a wonderful reminder of the Dhamma, or just (as many people now have) a decoration in a living room. Your mind will determine what you make of your shrine/altar.

As for myself, mine is basically the only thing in my bedroom besides the rug on the floor, so it is nearly impossible to miss. Everything else, including my bed, stays in the closet. I understand that my example is a bit extreme, but it helps me in my practice and thats what matters!

If you think it is something that you would benefit from, then I certainly recommend it. It doesn't have to be a costly endeavor either.

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Postby Sylvester » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:35 am

My home shrine. Did some gilding (pit-thong) myself on the First Sermon rupa.

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Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:12 pm

Sylvester wrote:My home shrine. Did some gilding (pit-thong) myself on the First Sermon rupa.


Excellent! Beautiful! Nice job on that one!

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Postby Monkey Mind » Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:25 am

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Postby Cittasanto » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:06 am

Nice shrine.
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Postby VictoryInTruth » Fri May 03, 2013 5:33 pm

Got a new Buddha statue for my little shrine and wanted to show it to all of you. I believe that the pose of this Buddha statue is a Blessing pose. If I am wrong please feel free to correct me. :anjali:
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Postby David N. Snyder » Fri May 03, 2013 11:03 pm

VictoryInTruth wrote:Got a new Buddha statue for my little shrine and wanted to show it to all of you. I believe that the pose of this Buddha statue is a Blessing pose. If I am wrong please feel free to correct me. :anjali:


Beautiful! I like the sort of antique look. The gesture also looks like the "teaching pose" or mudra, but not sure which one it is specifically. Either way, it looks good.

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Postby Hickersonia » Fri May 03, 2013 11:30 pm

VictoryInTruth wrote:Got a new Buddha statue for my little shrine and wanted to show it to all of you. I believe that the pose of this Buddha statue is a Blessing pose. If I am wrong please feel free to correct me. :anjali:

Simplicity = beauty. Very nice, friend. :)
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Postby VictoryInTruth » Sat May 04, 2013 12:08 am

David N. Snyder wrote:
VictoryInTruth wrote:Got a new Buddha statue for my little shrine and wanted to show it to all of you. I believe that the pose of this Buddha statue is a Blessing pose. If I am wrong please feel free to correct me. :anjali:


Beautiful! I like the sort of antique look. The gesture also looks like the "teaching pose" or mudra, but not sure which one it is specifically. Either way, it looks good.


Thanks. :anjali: I too like the antique look.... It took me awhile to find a statue that had just the right amount of peace and serenity in its face. This statue is my favorite of all the Buddha statues I have purchased in the past.

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Postby VictoryInTruth » Sat May 04, 2013 12:10 am

Hickersonia wrote:
VictoryInTruth wrote:Got a new Buddha statue for my little shrine and wanted to show it to all of you. I believe that the pose of this Buddha statue is a Blessing pose. If I am wrong please feel free to correct me. :anjali:

Simplicity = beauty. Very nice, friend. :)


Thanks as well. :anjali: I don't like my meditation shrine to be overwhelmed with a lot of statues or decoration... Its a distraction.

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Postby ommunimuni » Thu May 23, 2013 4:45 pm

I have been so inspired by all of your photos that I thought I would upload my own.
All ready for Vesak Day here in Malaysia tomorrow.

With Metta,

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Postby ommunimuni » Thu May 23, 2013 5:14 pm

VictoryInTruth wrote:Got a new Buddha statue for my little shrine and wanted to show it to all of you. I believe that the pose of this Buddha statue is a Blessing pose. If I am wrong please feel free to correct me. :anjali:


The serenity in the Buddha's expression is truly beautiful!

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Postby Crazy cloud » Fri May 24, 2013 7:04 am

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