This is my picture of my Buddhist shrine at night. It is busy with a lot of Buddhist, non-Buddhist and secular objects. Perhaps this shrine displays my attachment to the material world? Maybe this doesn't exactly fit with Buddhist beliefs, but I think that we should acknowledge the parameters in which we live. Nevertheless, I like turning off the other lights in my room and lighting the shrine and just sitting in quiet meditation. Eventually I'll post a daytime picture.
While I'm talking about altars and shrines, have you seen Altar-Bot? It's one of my favorite websites because it proves that there really is no right or wrong way to meditate or design a sacred space. I would say that the freedom to develop one's own spiritual practice within Buddhist beliefs is one of the defining reasons that I'm Buddhist.
Posted as part of Pink Saturday.