Starting a Shrine and Puja

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Bakmoon
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Starting a Shrine and Puja

Postby Bakmoon » Sun Mar 11, 2012 5:18 am

I have a question that is rather simple (I hope).

First, What are the nessisary components of a home shrine? (statue, flowers, incense, etc...)

Second, what is the standard procedure for preforming Puja? What order are things offered in, what is chanted, and when?

Thanks in advance!
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Ben
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Re: Starting a Shrine and Puja

Postby Ben » Sun Mar 11, 2012 7:50 am

Hi Bakmoon,

This might be of interest to you:
Lay Buddhist Practice The Shrine Room, Uposatha Day, Rains Residence
by Bhikkhu Khantipalo
Your shrine can be as ornate or as simple as you like. Don't be too dogmatic about it.
kind regards,

Ben
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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Starting a Shrine and Puja

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:00 am

Bakmoon wrote:I have a question that is rather simple (I hope).

First, What are the nessisary components of a home shrine? (statue, flowers, incense, etc...)

Second, what is the standard procedure for preforming Puja? What order are things offered in, what is chanted, and when?

Thanks in advance!

There are many threads in the shrine room section which maybe of use for you particularly this http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=1810
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