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Bodhidharma
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Bodhidharma

Empty the room, and yourself.

Namaste.

John P (I'm only a bug)
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John P (I'm only a bug)

Good evening Andrew G. Setting up a meditation room depends somewhat upon the tradition of Buddhism. Tibetan shrines tend to be more complicated than Zen (Ch’an). An image of the Buddha is the main focal point in either case. Zen altars contain four additional elements: a candle on the right hand side (representing the illumination of wisdom), fresh cut flowers on the left had side (signifying impermanence), a bowl of rice or sand for incense in front of the altar (purity), and a half full bowl of water between the incense cup and Buddha (see http://www.dharma.net/monstore/article.php?article=creatingaltar&articleid=13&catPath=21_22 ). Tibetan Buddhist altars… Read more »

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I like the answers of others, to keep it as clean and simple as possible. In the Zen tradition, it’s “customary” (nothing is mandatory) to have a small table with a little statue of the Buddha, an incense burner, a candle, and some flowers. I find incense to be irritating. Others find candles to be distracting, flowers are prettier on the plant, and some of us cling to that image of the Buddha. 😉 I have a tiny statue that was given as a gift, a bell–also a gift–from a Korean monastery, and a little vase that I sometimes use… Read more »

Wisdom Woman
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Mine is actually quite Zen.

I have a small table, statue of Buddha, bells, and fresh flowers.

Pollyanna
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Buddhist meditation is all about clearing your mind and relaxing, so having anything at all in the room would be a waste of time. Just keep it clear and simple.

Bearbones rises again QMM
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Bearbones rises again QMM

As simple and uncluttered as you can make it.