Offering bowls

The overall purpose behind offering water bowls is to overcome miserliness. On another level, each bowl represents  a substance that delights the senses. In addition, each represents a particular spiritual practice as described below:

water: cultivation of generosity

foot-cleansing water: nature of morality

celestial flowers: nature of patience

incense: nature of diligence

lamp / light: nature of meditation

saffron water: nature of transcendent knowledge

food with a hundred tastes: nature of method

music: nature of power

(source: Amitabha puja composed by His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche)

When we offer each of the seven bowls to the Buddhas, we reflect on the nature of the object, and we pray that we will be able to perfect the spiritual quality that it represents for the benefit of all sentient beings.




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