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The Mekong River and Delta is a vibrant and colourful region overflowing with an intriguing lifestyle and culture. In Cambodia’s modern day society, Buddhist monks play an important part in this culture, strengthening and promoting social morality. This community of monks is like nurses who help the population by administering religious guidance to each day.
As part of the Evergreen ‘You’re Invited’ program, you have the unique opportunity to receive a Buddhist Water Blessing at Wat Hanchey.
What is it?
The offering of water at Buddhist shrines symbolises the aspiration to cultivate the virtues of calmness, clarity and purity of the body, words and mind. It reminds us to cleanse ourselves of our spiritual impurities through generosity, compassion and wisdom. Upon perfection of these qualities, enlightenment will be realised.
When taking part in a water blessing ceremony, you can be sprinkled lightly with water or you may participate in a more elaborate ritual, where you will be saturated in the water blessed by the monks (whilst wearing a sarong) and receive a special red wrist tie from them to signify the blessing. It is said this blessing brings peace and happiness.
What does it mean?
In Buddhism, the colour red holds tremendous significance. It is a symbol of life force, preservation, compassion, fire, and sacred things or places. Red also represents fearlessness, courage and bravery. It rules the ‘tongue’ portion of the body. Wearing the red string is a reminder that one must show compassion to all. It’s a good reminder that words can cut deeper than the sword.
The traditional practice where the monk ties a knot in the cord and blows a mantra into it,is said to allow you to take your teacher with you, even after they are long gone. Some guests felt they gained a sense of selflessness, reflection and purification. Even our General Manager has felt a renewed sense of order following his experience with the water blessing.