Water
The Altar

A cup of fresh water is usually placed on the altar in front of the Gohonzon each morning prior to morning gongyo and is removed before evening gongyo.  Water has the property to purify.  Purity, one of the four virtues describing the true nature of a Buddha’s life.

Traditionally, water was offered as something of great value in the hot country of India where Buddhism began.  After being offered, the water may be put into another cup and then consumed.