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Offline keightley

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Creating a Pooja Room... sort of
« on: August 31, 2017, 11:08:23 am »
Hi all.  I am new.  And not yet a buddhist but as I learn bits and pieces I am thinking that it might be a good path for me.  Regardless of what I ultimately end up doing with my spiritual life, I am setting up a metitation room in my apartment.  The main feature will be a 120 gallon fancy goldfish aquarium.  In addition to the aquarium, I have purchased a earth touching buddha garden statue to place in my meditation room.  I want to be respectful of the practice so I need advice on placement.  I feel that it might be disrespectful placing the buddha in the aquarium.  Besides, it will take swimming room away from the goldfish and be very difficult to keep clean.  So I am now thinking of placing it 8 inches off the floor on a pedestal made of cinder block in front of the aquarium which will sit on a stand made also of cinder blocks at the same height.  The aquarium and buddha will be on my south wall facing north in a relatively westerly corner of the apartment underneath a 10' x 3' window.  No ones feet would point towards the statue for any significant length of time.  It will not be on the floor.  Is this placement disrespectful?

Would it be better to place the buddha statue on top of the aquarium 44" off the floor?  My apartment is in the basement floor.  The statue would then sit at ground level if one was looking in from the outside.

What are your thoughts?  Please be kind.  I am new at all this. 

Thanks!
Keightley

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Re: Creating a Pooja Room... sort of
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2017, 03:17:04 pm »
Hi all.  I am new.  And not yet a buddhist but as I learn bits and pieces I am thinking that it might be a good path for me.  Regardless of what I ultimately end up doing with my spiritual life, I am setting up a metitation room in my apartment.  The main feature will be a 120 gallon fancy goldfish aquarium.  In addition to the aquarium, I have purchased a earth touching buddha garden statue to place in my meditation room.  I want to be respectful of the practice so I need advice on placement.  I feel that it might be disrespectful placing the buddha in the aquarium.  Besides, it will take swimming room away from the goldfish and be very difficult to keep clean.  So I am now thinking of placing it 8 inches off the floor on a pedestal made of cinder block in front of the aquarium which will sit on a stand made also of cinder blocks at the same height.  The aquarium and buddha will be on my south wall facing north in a relatively westerly corner of the apartment underneath a 10' x 3' window.  No ones feet would point towards the statue for any significant length of time.  It will not be on the floor.  Is this placement disrespectful?

Would it be better to place the buddha statue on top of the aquarium 44" off the floor?  My apartment is in the basement floor.  The statue would then sit at ground level if one was looking in from the outside.

What are your thoughts?  Please be kind.  I am new at all this. 

Thanks!
Keightley


I think you're putting just a little too much thought into it.

Ultimately you can set up your shrine any way you want to.  It's your shrine.

If your interested in a "Buddhist" approach to shrine setup, I'd suggest Kahandro.net's article on the subject.  http://www.khandro.net/practice_shrine.htm Their explanation is decidedly Tibetan Buddhist.  This is, of course, the coolest kind of Buddhism, and the kind most likely to impress your non-Buddhist friends.

 :lmfao:

Seriously, though, what's cool about the Khandro article is not only does the author explain the how, he also goes into why - like why you offer seven bowls of water, or what a stupa represents.  Definitely worth a read.

Where you're putting too much thought into it comes with the mathematics.  No need to worry about that, just don't put your Buddha statue on the foor.  It should face east, but if that's not possible, for purposes of practice, whtever way the Buddha faces is East.  A practice space should have few distractions.  A 120 gallon fish tank full of brightly colored fish, might be a bit much.

The soles of the feet should not be presented to the shrine.

Anyway, read the Kahando article and if that leaves you with more questions, just ask.
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Re: Creating a Pooja Room... sort of
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2017, 05:44:05 pm »
What about spending time, effort, danger of being attached, bound to a place, much suffering while try to gain, maintain... and use it to spend much time in nature or donate al (effort, time) to a monastery, keightley, to avoid to regard it as own, be attached to material?

Note: it's not wrong to use ones hard and rightous earned to make his area a joyful pleasant place and enjoy the fruits, even with friend and family:

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AN 5.41: Adiya Sutta — Benefits to be Obtained (from Wealth) {A iii 45} [Thanissaro]. The Buddha describes for the wealthy householder Anathapindika five skillful ways of using one's money that bring immense benefits to the giver — benefits that last long after all the wealth is gone.

AN 4.62: Anana Sutta — Debtless {A ii 69} [Thanissaro]. The Buddha tells the wealthy lay-follower Anathapindika about four kinds of happiness that a householder may enjoy. Some require wealth, but the best is free of charge


Nevertheless, heresome usefull hints in regard of respect and "understanding the Buddha"s use: http://www.knowingbuddha.org

Sadhu (Excellent!, Praise!)! For your care about respect, your merit, and Sadhu for approaching to ask, also your merit, benefit from you good action!
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Re: Creating a Pooja Room... sort of
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2017, 07:50:59 am »
Keightley.

And no, this is in no way a flippant reply... but my first thought (I shouldn't need to add 'as a Buddhist'!) is what about the poor bloody fish!

They have a life, probably a short one, so should it be lived in the service of making things prettier for humans?

I really would like to know your thoughts on your fellow creatures, as it gives me pain to think of them, and to think that a fellow-traveller could ignore their suffering.

With metta,

Allen.

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