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Listening to Incense

Listening to Incense

by Ian Falcon, MRO
Incense has always intrigued me, but for a long time it just smelled a lot like smoke. As I grew older, I started to wonder if maybe there was more. I began to see how incense could change the way a space felt, the way people felt, and it could chang…
​Sacred Space: Taking Care of Your Altar

​Sacred Space: Taking Care of Your Altar

by Shea Ikusei Settimi
Keeping the Elements AliveAn altar is alive. It’s made up of the same elements that make up our own bodies—earth, water, fire and air. And these elements of an altar, like our bodies—like all things, for that matter—are impermanent. The flowers die,…
Sacred Space: How Do I Use My Altar?

Sacred Space: How Do I Use My Altar?

by Shea Ikusei Settimi
Working Skillfully With Liturgyphoto by Eric LWhen I created my first altar in my tiny Brooklyn apartment over a decade ago, my primary intention was to create an inspiring space in which to sit zazen at home. I had a friend who is a designer he…
Sacred Space: What is an Altar?

Sacred Space: What is an Altar?

by Shea Ikusei Settimi
Creating a Sacred Space in Your Home Is A Form Of ContemplationIn preparation for this post, I photographed a number of personal altars belonging to monastics, residents and lay practitioners of the Monastery. Some of you also sent in photographs of…