ཆུ་གཏོར། The Water Torma
The water offering is known as a water torma and is made with a mixture of water, mailk and grains. The ritual is performed with a ting-sha, ritual prayer and a water-offering set, which consists of a small metal bowl mounted upon a tripod, the feet of which rest in a larger metal bowl. The liguid is poured from a spouted water-pot into the smaller upper bowl until it spills over to fill the larger lower bowl. The liquid is then poured back into the water-pot, the ting-sha struck again, and the prayer repeated as the water is again poured into the upper bowl.
Hungry Ghosts Realm: Constant desire and greed! They can never have enough and they always want more. Sometimes the thing they want has something to do with a desire that consumed their in a past life. They're an addict and probably have a huge beer belly.
Some of the “features” of being a hungry ghost, the Hungry Ghosts have some differences, and they’re all basically the same.
With a bodhicitta motivation, specially prepared dough balls are offered to the 2 types of guests, transformed into oceans of nectar that satisfies them. Offering to the transcendental guests invokes their blessings while offering to the worldly beings dispels harms and repays our karmic debts.
The 2 types of guests are:
- Offering: Transcendental guests—lineage lamas, meditational deities, the 3 Jewels, Dharma protectors, sages and wealth deities
- Giving: Hungry ghosts, Remaining guests, the most pitifully weak among the hungry ghosts, Spirits to whom we owe karmic debts from our past acts of killing, beating and stealing
Through this act of giving, we accumulate the merit of practising generosity as well as the resulting benefits from having pleased the respective guests.
Water Torma context：
May Four-armed Bodhisattva offers the blessing water,
Satisfied the hungry ghosts, and liberate them from suffering.