Hey everyone! Sorry I haven't been blogging much lately. Time and tide, as they say.
So I thought I'd post a few pics here, while I wrap up some writing projects that I've been working on. I recall promising someone a pic of my home altar, which isn't super-impressive or anything, and I can't recall who wanted to see it. But here it is:
Here's a closer shot of what's on the altar:
The central image is carved from some kind of deep red wood, but I don't know which. I bought it in the back of a Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant here in Houston.
On the left of the central image is a smaller, gray stone image of the Buddha from Indonesia, and on the right is a lighter-colored (I don't know the material) Quan Yin, which I bought at Fo Guang Shan.
Also, you can see Compassionate Water, blessed on the temple altar at Chung Mei Temple (one is for my teacher, Rev. Hong, while the other is for a child), live bamboo, water, a money offering (I thought it was cool to offer Chinese money, for some reason), a tea light we found at Target (for Renegade Buddha - LOL), and Richard Gere's Tibetan prayer flags (for Buddhist Jihad). The smaller images are of Damo (Bodhidharma) and a smaller Quan Yin that I picked up somewhere. The incense is Shoyeido and the ash is the Japanese incense ash. The water offering cup has the Heart Sutra on it, which I thought was really cool.
OK, so here's the newest addition to the Tengu House family: Freddy the Ninja!
We named him Freddy because he's almost as fond of his claws as Freddy Kruger, and the ninja part came about because he's a natural stalker. He's always attacking something. He just appeared at the temple one day, as if dumped there. After three weeks, Sifu asked me to give him a home, which of course I was happy to do.