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markadm wrote:I've been wanting to ask about home shrine/altars.
I have a little statue of Chenrezig that I wanted to put in some place where I could take some time and space to meditate. Then I thought of doing something with a little more symbol.
Because I am more drawn to the tibetan tradition, I wanted to ask what would be the normal/minimum altar configuration. I ask because I've found some materials online that contradict each other and I was getting confused...
I know normally there is the Buddha there, a holy text, and a stupa. What does the stupa represent? And what if you don't have one!?
Regarding lights or offerings, is it seven, or is it eight? And what do they represent?
Regarding offering the bowls, this reminds me of the worship found in Hinduism (arcana/arati). How are the bowls offered? Is it purely mentally? Or is there any kind of verse/gesture that would go along with it?
At one point I lived in a Hindu ashram in America where there was this kind of worship, and although there was a bit of ritual, it was simple and yet dignified. So I wondered if it had crossed over at all into Buddhism.
And where would you put candles/lights? Anywhere in particular?
Thank you all in advance!