Where there is water, there is a life.
Water is the most important source for the survival of all living beings.
High mountains giving birth to clean rivers has let Tibet become the home of water.
That is the reason during the 11th Century, great Indian Maha Siddha Jetsun Atisha has shared Tibetans the knowledge of making merit via offering waters to Buddha's and Bodhisattvas.
This is one of the best ways to acquire merit since Tibet is the home of water so when offering the water, Tibetans won't have the feeling of wanting something in return.
Most of the time when we offer or give something to others, there is this expecting of wanting something from others like a smile or Thank you and according to Mahayana Buddhism, the expectation is the source of destroying the good merit we have done.
Mahayana Buddhism teaches that we should offer without even waiting for Thank you or a smile from that person, offer without expectations.
Nowadays every morning many Tibetans will practice the water offering to acquire merit.
Tibet is also known as Snowland, these beautiful snow mountains are the source of the clean fresh water.
One of the most important mountain in southern Tibet for the source of water is Mount Everest.
Few other important mountains are Mount Lhotse, Mount Cho Ou yo and Mount Makalu and many others to give a name in detail.
Western Tibet is also one of the important sources of water in Tibet.
Mount Kailash and Mount Gurla Mandala are one of the sources of these beautiful clean freshwater rivers.
They are 4 important rivers coming from western Tibet to the central Tibet and towards oceans of our world.
1. River coming from Peacocks Mouth
2. River coming from Lions Mouth
3. River coming from Elephants Mouth
4. River coming from Horse Mouth
These rivers are the source of fresh clean water.
As there is a saying, if there is a smoke, there is a fire so if there is a river, there is a lake so Tibet is the home of water means Tibet is the home of the lakes.
One of the beautiful culture coming from our Tibetan ancestors, we believe that Lakes and Mountains are gods and goddess. This beautiful culture helps us to respect water and protect the river. That is also one of the reason, Tibetans normally don't swim in the Lakes.
For Tibetans, it is okay to drink the tap and river water directly but for Travelers, we recommend to drink the boiling water.
Photo: Beauties of Eastern Tibet Nyingchi
They are also many cold and hot springs in Tibet, which are one of the blessings of Maha Siddhas.
Most of these cold and hot springs are near the monasteries.
One of the best hot spring in Tibet is at Tidrum nunnery. Travelers read Tibet Travelers another article what we can do near Tidrum nunnery
There are cold springs near the Rongbuk Monastery, Sera Monastery, Drigung Monastery and few other monasteries.
Many of these cold springs are very good for people who have a stomach digestion problems.
We recommend Travelers to travel Tibet, the home of water and have a taste of the clean fresh water coming straight from the Glacier.
Water is the best blessings of Mother Earth. Let us love water and save the water as much as we can so future generations can also enjoy the fresh clean water.
I feel blessed that I was born and living in Tibet, the home of water, which is the source of happiness.
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