The Share Your Shrine project has been developed in conjunction with the exhibition, Doorway to an Enlightened World: The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection. The exhibition showcases exquisite works of Tibetan Buddhist art presented in the sacred context of a shrine, regarded as a “doorway” into an “enlightened” world.

The Kandell shrine re-creates a domestic shrine, an example of a grand shrine room that might exist in a wealthy private home in times past and present. Humble families, on the other hand, kept small altars in the corners of their living rooms, and nomads devised transportable shrines to set up in their tents.

Personal shrines are found in many religions and spiritual beliefs and serve many functions, the most significant having a two-fold purpose: to actively engage with the spiritual realm; and attempt to reinforce the enlightened state symbolized by the shrine.

The experience of a shrine is an individual one. Through the Share Your Shrine project we hope to highlight the personal significance of your shrine. We are asking our diverse communities across all religions and spiritual beliefs to submit an image of their shrine, small or large, along with a brief statement.
The project will run through the end of July, 2016. And, as a special "Thank you" for your submission, your name will be entered into a drawing to win 4 tickets to the Carlos. 
How can I participate? It’s easy. 
1. Snap a picture of your shrine and give it a title or caption – it can be a few words or a short sentence.  
2. Send your picture and caption to You can also use Instagram to post your image with a comment tagging @CarlosMuseum. Be sure to add #ShareYourShrine in any comments or descriptions. 
3. To see your shrine along with other submissions in July, visit this page and browse through the Share Your Shrine Booklet. 

Here's an example.
One of our community members submitted this image along with a caption.

Tibetan Shrine Image

“I start my day with a commitment to doing something good and helpful in front of this shrine and I end the day with a dedication if I did something good. This shrine gives me eminence of joy and peace to start my day.”
~Geshe Yeshe

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