IDEAL DESIGN OF A BUDDHIST ALTAR ROOM

Design Examples

An ideal Buddhist altar room has usually no cupboard on the floor as shown in (D), but depending on the styles of building, the altar rooms with cupboards, as shown in (B) and (C), are available. There are, therefore, two cases: in one you must have the size of your altar decided according to the style of the room; and in the other you have your altar room designed according to the size of your altar.

Fusumas, sliding doors, which are designed to slide into both sides of an altar, provide a neat appearance since the sliding doors on the left and right, when the door of an altar is opened, are out of the sight. Usually Tenbukuro, a storage space, is not made above an altar room as is shown in (F) on the next page, but when you make one, for some reason, the floor of the storage space (the canopy of an altar room) (H) designed as high as possible, provides a profound impression with the canopy of an altar hidden in the lintel as shown in (G).


A surface method type

This type of altar has no altar room, small enough to be put on a chest of drawers. Suitable especially for residential urban apartment houses or dormitories.

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A surface method type

An altar suitable for installation in an altar room with a Jibukuro, cupboard on the floor, the length of 100-120 cm.

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A long-bodied surface type

An altar suitable for installation in an altar room with a cupboard the length of 40-60cm.

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A standard type

An altar suitable for installation in an altar room without a cupboard.

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A large type

An altar suitable for installation in an altar room the larger size than Hangen, half of 1 Ken (about 90 cm), such as San shaku, three shaku (about 90.9 cm) or Ikken, 1 ken (about 180 cm) in width.

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Butsuma Gaku (Buddhist altar plaque) and the ceiling of the Butsuma

An altar plaque is not intended for displaying the photo of a deceased but for displaying a Buddhist phrase such as "Muryoju" (Infinite Felicitation)*. The photo of a deceased is generally displayed on the left or the right side with the altar room facing you.

*"Muryoju" is only for Jodo Shin Sect

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Humidity and direct sunlight should be avoided.

Ideally an altar should be put in a quiet and clean place where there is neither humidity nor direct sunlight and, furthermore, it is easy for the family to serve it together.

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How to measure an altar rooma9

Feel free to consult our staff about the design and construction, extension and reconstruction of your altar room.

(a)The size of the inside depth of the floor

cm

(b)The inside length between the right and the left side of the floor

cm

(c)The size from the Kamoi (Lintel)

cm

(d)The size between Kamoi and the ceiling of the altar room

cm

(e)The size of the clearance between Kamoi and the altar room

cm