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Offline Dennie

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Cannot burn incense, any suggestions?
« on: May 05, 2014, 06:19:02 pm »
Hello again:
Here I am with a new question that is bothering me.
I have a VERY good opportunity to take a job where I will be working overseas. I will be living in a dorm type of arrangement where, I am sure, I will not be allowed to burn incense (fire regulation).
Is there an alternative to actually burning incense? I love the smell and have used incense for years but I know it won't be allowed.
I realize that it isn't REQUIRED for ceremony...but....
Any ideas or suggestions?
Regards,
Dennie  :socool:

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Re: Cannot burn incense, any suggestions?
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2014, 10:43:44 pm »
Hi Dennie,
hmm...how about electric incense? Is that allowed?

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Re: Cannot burn incense, any suggestions?
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2014, 04:32:02 am »
Hi, Denny.

I did some research into the tradition of burning incense and found that the origins of use were for "insect control".  To keep biting bugs at bay.  Since then, particularly in The West, probably due to Christian rituals, incense has become fashionable, bugs or no bugs.  My wife is extremely irritated by many incenses, and when I am I start coughing uncontrolably.  So, we both stay clear of any gathering which uses it, and do not use it ourselves.  Our tradition is Theravadan, but our ecumenical group, which contains Tibetans and Seculars have begun to honor this practice of being "incense-free" as well. :wink1:
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Re: Cannot burn incense, any suggestions?
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2014, 07:42:20 am »
There are very safe electric oil warmers, they are generally shaped much like tea light oil burners. They contain a heating element encased in ceramic. These will produce a smoke free oil vapour, which is quite different from the smell if incense. However it would still give you a substitute aromatic experience, if that is important for you psychologically.

I understand the usefulness of 'trappings'. Turning out the lights, turning off gadgets, locking away the pets, lighting candles and smelling incense all contribute to a familiar routine, which helps to prepare my mind and in turn, body, for meditation. None of these things are essential, nor should they be, but it's nice to have them.



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Re: Cannot burn incense, any suggestions?
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2014, 11:35:05 am »
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Re: Cannot burn incense, any suggestions?
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2014, 12:09:03 pm »
I have a VERY good opportunity to take a job where I will be working overseas. I will be living in a dorm type of arrangement where, I am sure, I will not be allowed to burn incense (fire regulation).
Is there an alternative to actually burning incense?

Hi Dennie.

Don't know if this will work for your particular situation, but you might want to see if there's any temples or Dharma centers nearby --- although you didn't mention where you were going overseas, you might still actually find something nearby, a "home-away-from-home", so to speak.

This way you could burn incense, as well as get to know other Buddhists in your new location. Please feel free to send me a PM if you need help tracking down a group, temple or center, ect.




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Re: Cannot burn incense, any suggestions?
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2014, 04:51:13 pm »
Thank you to all responders.
I have researched electric incense burners and that looks like it might be the way to go.
You have given me several options to think about. I guess I will wait till I get settled and test the "prevailing winds" (no pun intended) before I order one.
Again, thank you very much.
Dennie

 


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