Btw my Lama says attachment to anything will cause
obscuration at the time of death, even (or especially) attachment
to sacred objects like statues.. So giving a one or two away is always an
I don't know, I'd be tempted to give away the visitors instead, or attachment to what they think about your altar
Just maybe... noone would actually bat an eyelid?
I live in a small apartment and my altar set up is necessarily in my living room (occupying the top of an Ikea low-ish bookcase/room divider) and I've never considered hiding it all. I haven't had any negative reactions to it.. sometimes people even ask about the offerings.
If you manage to consolidate some items into the cabinet, i agree with you that it might still be preferable to have your tormas out.. maybe ontop if it's not too tall?
Yeah, I agree but I am not the one that cares. . . marriage is more than a little about compromise and this is my wife's request!
She does have a few friends that don't have the warmest regard for anything religious and of course, we could simply not invite them over ever but that is not her preference. Also, we have landlords (one of which was a monk as a young child in Burma and only remembers being very hungry) and others who may be in and out of the place for basic things. I think it is a good consideration to be cautious about exposing too much esoteric tantric stuff because if people have a negative reaction or view based on whatever background or ignorance, it is not the best for their future connection. Anyway, this is a work in progress, it will take a little creativity and time to nail it just right.. I was just interested if others here had similar predicaments and what their solutions might have been.
If it was only my decision I'd probably just turn it into a dharma center!