THE HISTORY OF INCENSE AND BUDDHISM
Incense use traces back to the early stages of human history. It's frequently mentioned in the Pāli canon, writings that date back to the life of Buddha. Alongside flowers, food, drinks, and even clothing, incense was a common offering made to a revered individual as a sign of respect.
Although offering incense at an altar is undoubtedly a universal Buddhist ritual, the reason for this practice is not universally agreed upon. Essentially, incense is meant to purify the space, whether it's a meditation room or your own bedroom. Incense can create a peaceful ambiance. In some schools, incense may hold particular symbolic significance. For instance, burning three sticks together may symbolize the Three Treasures: the Buddha, the Dharma (Buddha's teachings), and the Sangha (community of Buddhists).
There are two types of incense sticks: coreless or "solid" incense and incense with a bamboo core. Coreless incense (included with some of our Incense Holders) is more suitable for Buddhism, as it burns completely. However, bamboo core incense is also commonly used.
WHY DO PEOPLE BURN INCENSE?
Incense has calming effects on the mind and is also known for its ability to rejuvenate the body and spirit. It can also be used as a purifier, as it helps eliminate negative energies in surrounding areas.
Incense is a substance that emits smoke when burned. It is composed of natural materials that produce a fragrant and aromatic smoke when burned. Different types of incense have varying scents and materials. Cedar and rose are examples. Some are made with resins, while others are made with powders.
Incense is used to refresh the scent of indoor spaces, for spiritual purposes, health, and more.
WHERE TO PLACE YOUR BUDDHA INCENSE HOLDER?
Ideal placement for your incense holder is in a quiet indoor environment. If you choose to place it outside, the wind will prevent it from serving its purpose well. It will be up to you to decide which room in your house you wish to instill with a sense of wellbeing and relaxation.
We advise placing the Buddha Incense Holder away from open windows to prevent rapid burning of your incense. The same goes for any potential areas where a draft might be present.
OUR BUDDHIST INCENSE HOLDERS
At The Buddha's Temple, you have a wide selection of beautiful Buddha Incense Holders to choose from. The majority of our incense holders are made of ceramic, but you can also find ones made of wood and natural resin.
Incense is known for its numerous benefits to those who burn it, but it's important to note that once consumed, smoke will be present in your room. That's why it's crucial to ventilate your room once the incense has been burned.
If you wish to extinguish your incense before it's completely consumed, we recommend dropping a water droplet onto the tip of the incense cone. All that remains is to relight it for the next use or to change the incense stick.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF INCENSE HOLDERS IN MEDITATION
Incense holders aren't merely for holding incense; they also play a significant role in meditation. The soothing aroma emitted from the incense stick helps create a calming environment, facilitating mindfulness and focus. As such, a quality Incense Holder is an essential part of any meditation space.
GIFTING A BUDDHA INCENSE HOLDER
A Buddha Incense Holder is a thoughtful gift that embodies peace, tranquility, and spiritual growth. It's an excellent choice for those who practice mindfulness or meditation, or anyone who could benefit from a calming presence in their home or workspace.
The Buddha Incense Holder is a popular decorative item among both Buddhists and non-Buddhists. The same goes for many other decorative items like, for instance, our Buddha Paintings, and many more.