The 7 water bowl offerings are traditionally made on a Buddhist altar each day, and placed in front of and a little below the representatives of the Three Jewels. The bowls represent the ‘seven-limbed practice’ for purifying negative tendencies and accumulating merit, which consist of prostrations; making offerings; confession of non-virtuous actions; rejoicing in the positive actions of oneself and others; requesting the Buddha to teach; requesting the Buddhas to remain in this world; and the dedication of merit.