I'm finally getting around to gathering items for a small altar, and find myself in a little bind. Once again, due to my location in a very conservative, predominantly white Christian community, I'm limited in resources. I can probably shop for most of the items locally, though I'll have to hunt for a place that sells incense and burners...not holding my breath for Wal-Mart. I'd rather not shop online, also.

I've read on other Zen sites that an image of the Shakyamuni Buddha is acceptable if no statue is available. Is this correct? Thanks in advance