Our local practice group is in the process of settling into a new (rented) practice space. This means we're in need of certain useful furnishings and implements for creating the kind of situation we want to create for practice. Also, we're quite low on cash indeed. I assume this is the norm for many of us who practice in our homes or with relatively small practice groups in areas where temple cultures have not had centuries to develop. It seems to me that this is an important part of the contemporary Dharma experience, so I'm documenting some of it here:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 043&type=3
As I reflect on this process, it occurs to me that there are ways in which repurposed practice materials can carry with them certain kinds of meanings that can be inspiring to practice. Knowing, for instance, that the gong in the Dharma hall is was once an old oxygen tank with the bottom cut out but remade with care by a sangha member, can serve as a reminder that we are practicing for more than just ourselves--and that those who support us in our practice would surely prefer we do not waste time and opportunity.
I'd like to know what DW people think of this overall, and if they have any particular advice or guidance on how to make do-it-yourselferism work nicely for Dharma applications.