I hand-make beautiful, high-quality shrine sets, also available as individual pieces. Most items available on the market are made of brass and mass-produced in the Tibetan style. Whether you're a meditator or yogi, a matching ceramic shrine set will help to create an attractive focus and context for your practice.
What is a shrine?
In the Buddhist tradition, a shrine is the focal point of the space in which you practice meditation or devotional rituals.
It serves as an aesthetic anchor for your attention and also as a reminder of your aspirations or intentions. A shrine always has a figure of the Buddha at the centre because he represents the ultimate in human potential for the attainment of wisdom, compassion and freedom, and therefore of your own potential. Other decoration such as flowers, candles and incense are placed around as offerings to the Buddha. Having a beautiful shrine that you can see every day can attract you to practise more regularly. Meditating in front of it can help your concentration and be a place where you can dedicate your practice to the greater good and to realising your innate potential.
My sets consist of:
a vase (for flowers symbolising impermanence)
an incense holder (incense denoting the subtle influence of a life lived skilfully)
an incense bowl (which can be used for lit incense or for a tea-light)
seven offering bowls (representing the seven traditional types of offering).
These seven offerings originate from India and as a host, you would welcome a guest with water for drinking, water for washing off the dust from travelling, flowers, incense, lamps, perfumed water, and food). Choose a whole set or pick specific items to decorate your shrine in your own personal way.
I am available to make tailored pieces for you or your Buddhist Centre. Take a look at the Shrine Sets Catalogue for more details.
"I'm really enjoying the beautiful shrine set. It is beautifully made, fine, elegant and yet quite earthy. It brings my Green Tara shrine alive"
How should a shrine look?
A shrine is a manifestation of your aspirations and it’s helpful if it contains objects that inspire you. The traditional objects on a shrine are symbolic so you may want to include some or all of them but you can also include other images or objects be they found from nature, a beautiful picture or anything significant that evokes positive feelings for you. Most importantly, a shrine is personal so it should speak to your heart. You can feel free to be creative in where you place your objects.
"The shrine set items are well crafted, have an integrity to their design and yet possess a uniqueness.”
Harshaprabha, Chelmsford Buddhist Group