Ultimate Guide To Meditation Altars And Shrines
Ultimate Guide To Meditation Altars And Shrines

One of the best places to meditate is at a meditation altar.

A meditation altar table gives you the perfect place to set up your meditation shrine. You can decorate it as you please, and incorporate it into the design of your meditation room.

Of course, this is fairly similar to a traditional prayer altar and you can decorate it in a similar way.

In a moment I will share with you the best meditation altars to buy online. But first let’s discuss why you might like to buy a meditation altar in the first place.

Why A Meditation Altar?

By creating or buying a meditation altar you give yourself a dedicated space in the home where you meditate. It’s your go-to place for meditation.  And it is perhaps the most important of all the different sorts of meditation furniture.

Over time your meditation altar will become full of positive energy because of the amount of times you meditate there. It will become a safe have when you nee to retreat and restore your soul. It’s that divine abode, only in your own home.

Plus, the actual act of creating a meditation altar is something special in itself. You get to design a sacred space and fill it with your sacred items. Just like creating a zen garden, creating a meditation altar is a special task.

How To Create A Meditation Altar—The Basics

Creating a meditation altar is a special duty. It is an opportunity to create a sacred space in your own home.

The basic steps for creating a meditation altar are as follows:

  • Buy a meditation altar table
  • Also purchase any items you might need (see this page on Amazon for ideas )
  • Decorate the altar
  • Meditate in your meditation altar!

Let’s take a look at each of these steps in detail.

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Time To Buy The Meditation Altar Table

Naturally the first thing you will want to do is buy a meditation altar table.

When it comes to buying altars, you want to pick one that resonates with you on a personal level.

There are some very cheap meditation tables available. But honestly, I would recommend that you invest in something special. After all, this is a place where you will meditate, where you will find your inner peace. You deserve a special place for that, and so you need a high-quality meditation altar, right?

Here are the two best meditation altar tables IMO:



DharmaObjects Solid Mango Wood Altar Table

sharmaobjects ying yang meditation altar

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This mango wood meditation altar table has the design of a Yin Yang carved into the top with a gloral pattern.  As well as being a meditation table it does make for a wonderful decorative piece. It’s also solid enough to hold the items you need, such as a Buddha statue.  

Note that this altar table is only one foot tall so it is design to meditate at when kneeling.


Buddhist Altar Butsudan

buddhist altar butsudan

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This Buddhist altar (Butsudan) is beautifully crafted and featured a lovely, deep and wide drawer that you can put your meditation objects in.

The butsudan is solidly built and well worth the slightly high price because it will last. The draws click shut so they wont swing open. And there is even a beam that you can put a light on.  


Items You Might Want For Your Meditation Altar

Cloth: You might like to protect your meditation altar with a nice tablecloth, hopefully one with a beautiful pattern or some spiritual artwork. There are also cloths that have mantra on them, and ones with Buddha and other deities.

Buddha statue: If you are Buddhist, or you simply like Buddha statues (and very many people do), you might like to get a small Buddha figurine for your meditation altar. Click the link for a guide.

Desktop Zen garden: Desktop zen gardens are the small versions of Japanese rock gardens. Creating and maintaining these gardens is a wonderfully relaxing task, the sort of task that’s perfect to do at a meditation altar.

Other spiritual statues: Depending on your religious or spiritual beliefs, you might like to get a small statue of your deity for your meditation shrine.

Meditation cushion to sit on to meditate


Now it’s time to actually create your meditation altar – 3 tips

Now that you have bought a meditation altar and gathered the various items you need for it, it’s time to put it all together.

This is some five minute Ikea job, either. I recommend you take your time creating your meditation altar, and pour your love into it.

Here are five tips to make the most of the experience:

1: Set your intent first

To get the most out of your meditation altar, set your intention first. What is this altar going to be used for, spiritually speaking? Is it just a place to meditate? Is it somewhere you will connect to your inner peace? Is it a sacred haven to connect you to your deity or god? What does this meditation altar mean to you? And how will you reflect that in its design?

2: What type of energy do you want to create?

Meditation altars should be filled with positive energy. But what type of energy? Is it the energy of love? Perhaps it is the energy of hope and faith. Whatever it is, you should fine ways to pour that energy into your meditation altar. And at the same time, protect your meditation shrine from negative energy. You want to preserve the special energy of this space.

3: The actual act of creating a meditation altar IS a meditation

Have you ever created a Zen garden? When you create a Zen garden the actual purpose is in the making. The act of making a zen garden is a meditation. And it is the same for meditation altars. Making an altar is a meditation in itself. Make sure you are mindful and conscious throughout the entire process.


Now it’s time to actually meditate in your meditation altar!

Now you have created a meditation altar it is time to actually meditate in your meditation altar.

Here’s how I recommend you meditate the first time at your meditation altar.

Sit for a few moments and just breathe. Relax.

Set your intention in your mind. Tell yourself that this is a sacred space where you will achieve X. For instance, this is the space where you will recommend with your inner peace any time you need to.

Mindfully explore the altar: Do a five-senses mindfulness exercise about your meditation altar (observe the visuals, the scents, the texture…)

Consciously create the type of energy you want to feel in this space (for instance, if you want to feel love do a Loving Kindness meditation)

Tell yourself you will love and cherish this space.



So how do you feel about your meditation altar?

Hopefully you now have a meditation altar to meditate in. And you’ve created it with love and pride.

How does your meditation altar look? And what does it mean to you?


Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher, author and journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential.

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