Founder’s Altar

Temples in Korea will often have a “founder’s altar” on the left side of the Dharma Hall. Sometimes this to honor the founder of the temple, and sometimes it’s to honor a great teacher of the temple. In our case, it’s both. This is the altar that was installed a couple of days ago in our Dharma Hall.  I was a bit surprised by the modern style of the design, but I like its clean lines. (Unfortunately, the low light makes this photo look a bit washed out. This is just to the left of the main altar. Tomorrow I’ll  try to add a picture of both.)


EDIT: Here’s a photo of the Founder’s altar in relation to the front of the Dharma Hall.

10 thoughts on “Founder’s Altar”

    1. Hi, It’s a Korean version of the Heart Sutra. It’s actually a pretty radical, touching Korean translation, and I’ll be working on translating it in the next week or so.

  1. how tall is it? not sure the roofed design is a good idea – makes it look small and boxed, and I think white flowers also is not proper flowers anymore- because you don’t put white flowers to Buddha’s stature on the altar, do you, why put white flowers to KunSunim, KunSunim went beyond life and death while she was alive, so why emphasize death at this altar now, it also looks like it was made in haste, well, that’s my opinion because it seems that this would be good for a very good teacher, but KunSunim is much more than that

    1. Hi Tanya,
      I just put up a photo of it that shows it in relation to the main altar. Actually, I don’t think there’s any particular restriction regarding flowers. They use lillies all the time here.
      I don’t thing the altar celebrates death, but instead honors the person and reminds us of her.

      1. ok, then, whatever people see fit the best, but why you say this about flowers, white flowers are used for those who died (as well as white lanterns), all I was saying that the white flowers do emphasize that someone died, and I was saying that does not exactly applies to KunSunim, at least that’s how I feel

      2. Hi Tanya,
        Ah, I think I see the issue. The white flowers that are really associated with funerals here in Korea are only white carnations. There’s no such association with other flowers. So they’ll use white lillies (!) all the time here, with no association of death. The picture isn’t so clear, but the flowers here are actually live orchids. They are a white/pale green color.

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