I am not the 5th or 9th reincarnation of a great lama, I have not recived any empowerments or initiations, I am not the holder of any lineage, I am yet to attain any of the jhanas, I am not a widely respected teacher, I am not a stream enterer (at least I don't feel like one)and I do not have many disciples. Nontheless, you may find some of my observations and musings interesting. I have been a Buddhist monk for 32 years and am the spiritual advisor to the Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society in Singapore.
That makes the people convenient. At least they know where to head to should they feel that they run into bad luck or what =)
This is silly, but I do kind of wonder what the story behind the logic of this is. Doesn't holy water have to have some sort of blessing said over it? Is there a huge tank of blessed water feeding into that spigot or is it just connected to the town water supply? (Maybe the whole town water supply has been blessed, or maybe there's a blessing written on the pipes or something?)
At least it isn't coming out of a vending machine....
This is a convenient way of producing holy water -- just stick a label at the tap!
Actually, blessed water are found in Chinese Buddhist temples as well. Most of the time these are bottled water with a sticker on it and placed at the alter for prayers.
Once, while I was helping to stick the labels "Great Compassion Water" (大悲水), I wondered why is it necessary to stick the label. Any volunteer told me the devotees only take the bottles only if they are labeled.
I guess the label makes all the difference.
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