My shrine is very special and represents a place of refuge for me.  The images provide me with inspiration on several things:  how to develop good qualities like compassion, wisdom, and a mind wishing to benefit others; and training through meditation and study on how to develop peaceful states of mind in this busy modern world.  The images of spiritual guides, Buddhas, and deities--and the many Buddhist texts and commentaries written by and about them--have helped me to generate a better understanding of how important the mind is to every experience I have and how to understand my own mind.  Making offerings is a special way of expressing gratitude for the wisdom and teachings provided by spiritual guides of the past and present.

The first row of offerings:  Candle, deep blue cubic piece, incense, small bottle of perfume and candle.  The second row of offerings:  Seven small bowls filled with water.

Images:  starting from the left:  a copy of Guide to the Bodhisattva's way of Life by Shantideva; picture of my spiritual guide, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso who brought Kadampa Buddhism (Mahayana tradition) from Tibet to the western world in the 1970s; small image of Dorje Shugden (Dharma Protector) and Je Tsongkapa, a Tibetan Buddhist monk who wrote many commentaries to Buddhist texts from the Mahayana tradition; an image of Buddha Shakyamuni; two images (small and large) of Vajrayogini, a female deity; a Stupa (behind image of Vajrayogini and thousand armed Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion) representing Buddha's mind.

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