Joy descends from heaven.
Raised the bowl to receive happiness,
Glowing with jubilance and exultation.
the Bharadvaja was a Buddhist mendicant monk who used
to ask for alms by raising his bowl. After he had attained
enlightenment, he was called the Raised Bowl Lohan. The
word alms bowl, bo, was borrowed from Sanskrit, taking
the first of the three syllables of the original word,
because there was no such a word in Chinese. In the very
beginning, the bowl was made of metal. Nowadays, however,
the bowl is commonly found to be made of finely polished
coconut shell halves or red beech wood. Its use, that
of holding alms food, remains unchanged.