In the Mahayana tradition, hope that's the correct term, is the Buddha Shakyamuni to be in the center of the altar?
I know that The Buddha is to be placed on something to make it "above" all other alter items.
And then other Buddhas are to surround it correct?
I'm planing on setting up a small altar in my home.
Everyday problems teach us to have a realistic attitude.
They teach us that life is what life is; flawed.
Yet with tremendous potential for joy and fulfillment.
~Lama Surya Das~
If your path teaches you to act and exert yourself correctly and leads to spiritual realizations such as love, compassion and wisdom then obviously it's worthwhile.
~Lama Thubten Yeshe~
One whose mind is freed does not argue with anyone, he does not dispute with anyone. He makes use of the conventional terms of the world without clinging to them