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Old Tibetan Water Offering Bowls.  7 Bowls.  Ting. Yonchap.  Tibet

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The most common type of offering on Tibetan Buddhist shrines are water offerings — called “yonchap” in Tibetan — which are made in seven bowls.  The point of this offering is to cultivate generosity and reduce selfishness and greed.


Traditionally, Tibetan families make yonchap every morning.  Bowls like this are lined up left to right in front of the shrine.  Distance between each bowl is about the thickness of one barley seed (at rim level).  Each bowl is filled with water . . . yes, one barley seed from the top of the rim.  During this setup, family members recite common mantras or the gyamdro prayer.  Also during this time it is common to bless the offerings with kusha (elephant) grass by dipping it into one of the bowls and sprinkling the shrine.


This set was a gift to my Agent as a sign of generosity.  They belonged to a deceased family member and had been in storage for a long time.


Very well made with engraved sides.  These would make a stunning gift.  Stand not included.


These gorgeous copper+ bowls have SOLD.  Thanks D.L.!



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