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    home altar

    Does anyone have any advice on setting up and maintaining a home altar within this tradition.

    Thanks
    Brian

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    One of our backyard nāgas taking refuge...



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    Mike, you have a neat looking altar I would like to find a bell like yours but had no luck so far :P

    Piobair, I like very much your altar, I am planning a cabinet with doors like that somewhere near this summer, and your garden Buddha is great too, I have one a little different, will post a picture as soon as I get home
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    Quote Originally Posted by lipor View Post
    Mike, you have a neat looking altar I would like to find a bell like yours but had no luck so far :P

    Piobair, I like very much your altar, I am planning a cabinet with doors like that somewhere near this summer, and your garden Buddha is great too, I have one a little different, will post a picture as soon as I get home
    Lipor,

    Thanks. They sell them online at a few different stores. PM me if you want the link.

    Gassho,

    MIke
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    Simple and sweet Myoku ... very nice! =)

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    I love seeing everybody's altars, each one is so special and unique and beautiful in its own way. I like to collect buddha figures so I have a little display cubes in the wall where I keep some of them. However, I just got a nice wooden table at Winners (discount store in North America) and set up an altar a few weeks ago. And I found my buddha on the way out the store for dirt cheap. I like to think I 'rescued' him

    Anyway, here is a picture of my little altar and a picture of the hallway beside it where I (rarely) sit. I need to start sitting daily and work my way up to twice daily. Baby steps :-)

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    Chatteringmokeys,

    Beautiful altar! Is that In the Buddha's Words or Great Disciples of the Buddha on the lower shelf? Mettaya.

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    Mike
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    Thank you Mike. It's In the Buddha's Words. I just got it a week ago and I want to work my way through it (bit by bit). Although things have been kind of crazy lately with summer school, so "leisure" reading is taking a bit of a hit right now

    Gassho,
    Darrell

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    Quote Originally Posted by chatteringmonkeys View Post
    Thank you Mike. It's In the Buddha's Words. I just got it a week ago and I want to work my way through it (bit by bit). Although things have been kind of crazy lately with summer school, so "leisure" reading is taking a bit of a hit right now

    Gassho,
    Darrell
    Thank you, Darrell. I very much love that book, In The Buddha's Words. Remember that the book expresses the Buddhist Teachings from the South Asian Sutta Tradition, and Buddha and Sutras come in many flavors. All lovely flavors.

    Here is a little reading that may help you with a bit of history and tradition as you dive into all these "Same but different, different but just the same" Buddhas and Teachings ...

    http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showt...-ENLIGHTENMENT

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    Hi Jundo,
    thanks so much for the link! I love reading about the various traditions and different sutras.

    Gassho,
    D-

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    Just got my portable altar sorted at last. I have a large Buddha in the centre that I like because he's touching the earth reminding me to always remain grounded in the present, there is almost a smaller Buddha towards the back which I think is more traditional to Zen, he's the guy who comes with me when I'm away from home. There are 2 stones from our local beach one has a hole through it that symbolises an Enso, of course an image of Avalokiteshvara and finally a vanilla scented candle.

    Gassho
    Gary
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    Love the simple clear setup
    _()_
    Myoku

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    Very nice, Gary! Love the beach stones.

    Gassho,

    Lisa

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    Lovely altar Gary - have just been scrolling through as missed this thread.

    Your altar is very thoughtful Lisa - has inspired me to put a bit more thought into mine.

    Gassho

    Willow

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    Last year my wife suggested that as the practice is such a central part of our lives, we rework and relocate our altar so that it is the central feature of the central room of the house; the "heart" of our home. With the exception of the Buddha, most everything has been gradually accumulated second-hand from thrift stores and whatnot. One of the things I like is the fold-down, slide-out rakuzu drawer.





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    Love it, Piobair, especially the steps up to the Buddha! Now that I have access to wood, I'll need to make something similar.

    Gassho,

    Lisa

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZenHarmony View Post
    Love it, Piobair, especially the steps up to the Buddha! Now that I have access to wood, I'll need to make something similar.

    Gassho,

    Lisa
    Thank you. The platform was originally cardboard & tape; trimmed and reconfigured until the layout and proportions suited us. The final version is 3/4" and 1/2" oak plywood, with oak veneer edge banding. I was fortunate to find a stain which very closely approximates the table top.
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    This is not an altar, in the strict sense of the word. It is more of a small shrine that I keep in my front hallway. The altar in the room where i sit is less complicated.

    Gassho,

    William


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    Here is mine, good old Sidharta sitting, as a reminder that Buddha is inside of all us. My "dharma pillow books" , space for inciense and my bowl. IMG_0274.jpg
    Dancing between stillness and motion I find peace.

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    I figured I would share my new "treeleaf friendly" alter for the start of Ango. The main alter is a cross section of a tree trunk that I stained and sealed. The stand was a cheap beat up flower pot stand. The small table is my laptop/candle/incense table for that hot G+ action!

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    You created a nice atmosphere there Catfish! I like warm wood tones, well done!

    Gassho

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    Thats sweet Catfish, very nice alter.
    Gassho, Jakudo.
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    Wow beautiful and warm

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    knock-out beautiful table.
    I will learn to keep all these efforts
    Undefiled by the stains of discursive conceptions,
    And, by understanding all phenomena to be like illusions,
    I will be released

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    Wow, Charles, that's really incredibly beau-ti-ful!


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    I just moved house so have a new shrine arrangement:
    Shrine (with unpacked box next to it!)
    Calligraphy

    Gassho
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    Very cool, Andy. And if Buddha Nature pervades the entire universe, it's also in the unpacked box.

    Gassho,
    William
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    That is a very good way of looking at it, William!

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    Very nice altars!


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    Really beautiful table Catfish. Actually just a really nice sitting area. Much nicer than my 70's shag.

    Gassho.
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    Ready for Ango,




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    Of course, Zen is not about furniture or Asian flavor. Even though most Buddhist temples tend to have nice ... unbelievably expensive ... furniture.



    On the other hand, it can be about Asian furniture (I have lots in my house, because I live in an old Japanese house).

    Putting the Buddha on a delicate Chinese table ... a cheap formica table ... putting Buddha on an old cardboard box ... just the old cardbox box alone ... just emptiness ... all the same really, if the heart is clear.

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    All are breath taking altars

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    This is my set up in our family room.


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    Thank you everyone for sharing,
    very inspiring!
    Gassho
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    My weekend project. This isn't my official butsudan and that's my home Buddha for here. My other stuff is in my roommate's house. There are pegs on the door for hanging juzu that I make. It's really a work in progress so far but I'm happy with it.

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    Wow, that's really nice, Javier! Did you peg the top together, or are those plugs covering screws? I love the simplicity of it, and the wood grain on the doors.

    Gassho,

    Lisa

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    Actually, it's just screws at the top but I am going to replace it with wooden pegs soon. Or keep it as is. I haven't decided. Cx

    I pegged the shelf in place, and so far, I'm pretty happy with it. I'll post another picture when I have all my stuff. Thank you for the kind words, Lisa. C:

    Gassho
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    This is my altar now, Monju, Majushri in the form of a sitting priest riding a Shishi, as you would find in many Zendo.

    and a lyiing down version when going for a nap...


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    Beautiful, Taigu.

    One question if I may, what's the significance or meaning of a priest riding a Shishi?

    Gassho
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    A shishi, mythical lion, is a protector often found at the entrance of temples. As the Buddhist law rides it, The Buddhist law represented by Manjushri , the Bodhisattva of wisdom, cannot be threatened or destroyed. It represents the supreme samadhi, the absolute freedom in sitting and being.Therfore it has its place in the Zendo where you typically find this representation. Not a Buddha. Just a Bodhisattva sitting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taigu View Post
    A shishi, mythical lion, is a protector often found at the entrance of temples. As the Buddhist law rides it, The Buddhist law represented by Manjushri , the Bodhisattva of wisdom, cannot be threatened or destroyed. It represents the supreme samadhi, the absolute freedom in sitting and being.Therfore it has its place in the Zendo where you typically find this representation. Not a Buddha. Just a Bodhisattva sitting.

    gassho


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    Beautiful alter Taigu and thank you for the description, I did not know about Shishi. =)

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    Thank you Taigu.

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    Hi all,
    Some really wonderful home altars here. Beautiful.

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    Wonderful altar, Taigu. I love the look of the hand carved wood for statues. It took someone time and patience to make it. I might try my hand at carving some things. They may end up as one of Jundo's "broken Buddhas". XD but that won't stop me from trying.

    Always learning
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    Taigu and Javier, wonderful alters.

    Here's a picture of mine, since this was taken, I've added a small lotus-shaped candle holder. 100_1067.jpg

    Gassho,
    Treena

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    Oh, I love your Buddha, Treena—it looks like it's got some substance to it!

    Gassho,

    Lisa

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    I love the little "gatha" you have on your altar, Treena. It's very nice. Here's the complete altar.



    I'm pretty happy with it. C:

    Gassho
    Javier
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    This is the altar in the room where I sit. My Buddha is sitting atop a piece of glass block. But, if you quint and use your imagination, you can see that he's really sitting atop Vulture Peak.

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    Juki
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