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Water and Buddhism?

To: talk.religion.buddhism
From: "The Puddies" 
Subject: Re: Water and Buddhism?
Date: 7 May 1997 11:14:45 GMT

sandyc  wrote in article <>...
> I have a simple query I'm hoping someone out there can satisfy.  And
> that query is this: What is the Buddhist relation to water?  I ask this
> in the same sense that Christians baptize; and, similarly, that ancient
> Romans had to cross a body of water before they could enter the
> underworld.  Are there potent symbols of water in Buddhism?  These are
> not well phrased questions but I am not yet sure of exactly what I seek.
> Sandy Campbell.


Buddhists use water in ceremonies often, just as many other religions do.  
It is used as a purification of the mouth, symbolic of speech, prior to
empowerment ceremonies, and during them, for the same reason, with the
additive of a bit of saffron as a flavoring agent.  

We also place bowls of water on our home shrines, for the purpose of
representing clear mind, unsullied by mud or other impurities.

We also use the bowls of water as a symbolic offering of thirst quenching
pure water to all beings.


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