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Input on my altar/prayer space please

Posted: Wed May 05, 2021 11:31 pm
by jamesL
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Been reading and reading about do's and dont's, and theres a LOT of variation. Im trying to just get the basics/necessities down so as not to show disrespect. Small buddha statue at highest point, with 3 candles representing the 3 jewels, 7 small offering bowls, incense(behind bowls), and my malas to the left in a bag. Is the layout/placement correct/acceptable? I appreciate any input given. I want to get off on the right foot.

Thank you!

Re: Input on my altar/prayer space please

Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 12:21 am
by PadmaVonSamba
very nice. Not too complicated, not a lot of distractions!

Re: Input on my altar/prayer space please

Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 1:08 am
by jamesL
Thank you for the kind reply. It seems theres endless variations. I just want to make sure I get the core layout correct.

Re: Input on my altar/prayer space please

Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 10:49 am
by Könchok Thrinley
jamesL wrote: Thu May 06, 2021 1:08 am Thank you for the kind reply. It seems theres endless variations. I just want to make sure I get the core layout correct.
Whatever layout speaks to you is the correct layout.

If you have a master oyu might want to emulate a bit the layout of his altar or how altars are in that lineage. Etc.

To be honest with you, the space you have for the altar is incredible! Really perfect.

Re: Input on my altar/prayer space please

Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 6:40 pm
by jamesL
Könchok Thrinley wrote: Thu May 06, 2021 10:49 am
jamesL wrote: Thu May 06, 2021 1:08 am Thank you for the kind reply. It seems theres endless variations. I just want to make sure I get the core layout correct.
Whatever layout speaks to you is the correct layout.

If you have a master oyu might want to emulate a bit the layout of his altar or how altars are in that lineage. Etc.

To be honest with you, the space you have for the altar is incredible! Really perfect.


Thank you! I had read that certain things are supposed to be higher, or behind others, etc. Ill just keep things simple for now.

Re: Input on my altar/prayer space please

Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 8:37 pm
by Malcolm
jamesL wrote: Thu May 06, 2021 6:40 pm
Könchok Thrinley wrote: Thu May 06, 2021 10:49 am
jamesL wrote: Thu May 06, 2021 1:08 am Thank you for the kind reply. It seems theres endless variations. I just want to make sure I get the core layout correct.
Whatever layout speaks to you is the correct layout.

If you have a master oyu might want to emulate a bit the layout of his altar or how altars are in that lineage. Etc.

To be honest with you, the space you have for the altar is incredible! Really perfect.


Thank you! I had read that certain things are supposed to be higher, or behind others, etc. Ill just keep things simple for now.
The three thigns you are supposed to have on a shrine are representations of Buddha's body, speech, and mind. You only have body. You also need a book, a sutra like heart sutra, etc., and a small stupa, for speech and mind respectively.

Re: Input on my altar/prayer space please

Posted: Fri May 07, 2021 3:34 am
by PadmaVonSamba
Malcolm wrote: Thu May 06, 2021 8:37 pm The three thigns you are supposed to have on a shrine are representations of Buddha's body, speech, and mind. You only have body. You also need a book, a sutra like heart sutra, etc., and a small stupa, for speech and mind respectively.
Alternately, objects representing Buddha, Dharma, Sangha. This was the instruction from my root Lama. Thus; a Buddha image, a text of some kind, and a picture of one’s teacher or HH Dalai Lama, Karmapa, etc.

Re: Input on my altar/prayer space please

Posted: Fri May 07, 2021 3:54 am
by PadmaVonSamba
Do a web image search with the phrase:
“My Buddhist shrine”
...and you’ll be amazed at the variety. It seems very personal, at least in the west.

In the East, I’m not so sure how much variation there is, aside from style (traditional or modern) of the table or cabinet. Modern home shrines in Japan are very, well... modern.

Vajrayana shrines tend to be visually horizontal, but with levels like steps, with perhaps a cabinet behind it or on either side. Chinese Mahayana shrines, perhaps styled after Taoist shrines, tend to be vertical, with everything happening in sort of a boxed-in area.

Interestingly, Thai Buddhist shrines (maybe all Theravada?) are made of a collection of small tables stacked upon each other and next to each other.