The Altar

Fresh cut evergreens are a traditional offering which symbolize the Buddha’s enlightened physical property.  The evergreens are used to adorn the space before the Gohonzon, as a symbol of eternal life. 

Evergreens symbolize the “property-of-action” or the Buddha’s compassionate action and potential to form a correct relationship with the environment that allows us to manifest our Buddha nature.  Therefore, they should be something symbolic of permanence and purity.

Artificial leaves are also a common alternative, especially where fresh greens are not available.