Nowhere in the Buddhist world are Buddha-images treated as ornaments for a living room.
Mawkish1983 wrote:Right near the beginning there's a bit that says:Nowhere in the Buddhist world are Buddha-images treated as ornaments for a living room.
My wife only allows me to have a Buddharupa as an ornament of sorts in the room, and I have to assemble my shrine each morning before I practice and disassemble it afterwards, putting the flowers, candles etc away. It really is a shame but I think I just have to wait a little while for my wife to relax a little further. Small steps
Incidentally, I put together a couple of pages of simple instructions for daily practice based on this "Lay Buddhist Practice" document, things like what to say when making offerings etc. Is anyone interested in me pdfing it and sticking it here, or should I just keep it for my own personal use (until I've memorised it)?
jcsuperstar wrote:maybe you can go the japanese route and have an altar in a case that closes that way you just have to open it each time you want to meditate and the rest of the time its safely away out of sight
Mawkish1983 wrote:I've thought about fabricating just such an altar, but it doesn't solve the problem of having a Buddharupa on display in the living room as an ornament.
Mawkish1983 wrote:I just found this:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el206.html
I don't know if it's been mentioned here before or not, but it seems very clear and very informative! It's a shame it's so long or I'd print it out. For now, I'm stuck reading it on a computer screen.
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