Enlightened Body, Speech and Mind: Making a Home Altar for your Practice

A traditional Buddhist altar holds symbols of enlightened body, speech and mind, represented by displaying a statue or image of Buddha Shakyamuni, a scripture, and a stupa. In this teaching, we'll explore the function and forms of altars, sometimes called 'shrines.' You'll learn how to make one, what to place on an altar (and where) and what traditionally is not placed there. You'll learn traditional ideas about where an altar is best put in a home, and a few basic shrine-keeping tips.

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