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My shrine!

Postby texastheravadin » Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:34 pm

I'm excited...my super craptacular shrine is nearing completion! My Buddha rupa is due to be delivered tomorrow. I attached a photo of what the rupa "looks" like (because stuff RARELY looks the same in real life as it does in a photo posted on the Interweb!)

I picked a standing Buddha because that is an image that has always impressed me more than the various other positions I've seen the Buddha depicted in (sitting, lying on one side). There is a statue outside of Wat Buddhavas (here in Texas) of a standing Buddha which has always inspired more devotion in me than the much larger, golden sitting Buddha inside the shrine room. I have always preferred the Thai Buddha image (with the classic pointy head) over others I have come across. I really don't know why, but the Thai style always seemed to me to make the Tathāgata much more exalted looking. I know that his having both hands held outwards means something, but I forgot and to be honest I really don't care...I picked out an image that would inspire the most devotion, and also as a reminder of the truly awesome figure that Gotama Buddha was and that I too am capable of becoming "fully human" in this life or another.

Now if I can just find a decent altar cloth! No idea where to even start looking...any suggestions? And I am on a budget here people! Starving college student! Thanks!

:anjali:

Josh
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Re: My shrine!

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:49 pm

It looks great! How tall is the statue?

For an altar cloth, you could use a table cloth or go to a fabric store where they sell fabric by the yard. It would only cost a few bucks. I'd go with yellow, but that's me. :tongue:
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Re: My shrine!

Postby texastheravadin » Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:53 am

supposedly 18 inches we'll see!

I'll check it out if I can find a fabric store nearby! Thanks! :anjali:
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Re: My shrine!

Postby texastheravadin » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:48 am

Thank you so much for the info friend :thanks: much appreciated!

I actually wasn't that interested in the various mudras until you posted that link. Now I find it fascinating to know what each one means.

That website is great! I did some digging, and I think I found one of the statues that they ripped the design for my Buddha rupa from. I know, never end a sentence with a preposition...

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As you said, it's the Abhaya Mudra, or gesture of reassurance (or Calming the Oceans). Apparently the Buddha is in "Royal Attire". Who knew?

Kind of makes it sound like an action figure..."Lord Buddha 18" Fully Pose-able! Comes With Royal Attire Ready to Do Battle With Mara! Collect 'Em All!"

Thanks again!

Josh
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Re: My shrine!

Postby Viriya » Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:31 pm

As a fellow starving university student, I commiserate, I had a pillowcase as my altar-cloth for years. (Not the most inspiring tribute to the noble religion, I know...but fully functional for catching dripping candlewax, dying flowers etc, and it didn't look that bad.)

I finally figured I could spare a few dollars for the sake of aesthetics and purchased a large orange cloth woven placemats from a secondhand store at Australian 0.50c. Beautiful AND cheap. Not to cheapen the teachings of the Blessed One. When you don't have a regular income, any expense is a big expense. ^^

I'm not sure what second-hand stores are like in the U.S., but if you're on a tight budget, I found they were a great place to look for very cheap candles, candle holders, incense, vases, photoframes and other shrine related sundry. I carried home the actual bookshelf I use for the altar from the side of the road. (=
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Postby texastheravadin » Tue Sep 21, 2010 1:22 pm

"Indeed, the Blessed One is worthy and rightly self-awakened, consummate in knowledge & conduct, well-gone, an expert with regard to the world, unexcelled as a trainer for those people fit to be tamed, the Teacher of divine & human beings, awakened, blessed." — AN 11.12

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Re: My shrine!

Postby Ytrog » Wed Sep 22, 2010 3:34 pm

Nice :)


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