How to Set Up a Buddhist Prayer Room
A Buddhist prayer room is a private place to show respect to Buddha and to make him offerings, like fruit, incense and candles. The goal in setting up a prayer room is to create a serene environment to pray, meditate and read. Comfort, cleanliness and good air quality are important features.
Choose a room away from noise and disruption. If space doesn't allow for a separate prayer room, choose a quiet location in a part of another room, like a bedroom, dining room or guest bedroom. A special area in a room can be created specifically for prayer.
Paint the prayer room in a color that provides a relaxing, calm atmosphere for prayer. The colors red, orange and black would not be good choices. Instead, consider purple, blue, green or soft neutrals.
Hang sheer curtains in the prayer room to allow natural lighting without it being too bright.
Set up a Buddhist altar in the prayer room. The altar is a small table where the prayer will occur. You can either kneel or sit in front of it. The altar can be erected on top of a small bookcase or another table.
Decorate the altar with an image of Buddha. This can be a framed picture or a statue. Fresh flowers, an incense holder, incense, candles and a bowl or plate to place offerings, such as fruit, should also be placed on the altar.
Create some seating in front of the altar. Soft floor pillows can be arranged in front of the altar, or you can use a rug or yoga mat.
Things You Will Need
- Sheer curtain
- Floor pillows
- Buddha image
- Incense holder
- Bowl or plate
- Small bookcase