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Does Zen have a baptism like ceremony? How would a person claim to be a Buddhist? is it the water Ceremony?


In Buddhism there is the ceremony of pouring 108 times water over your head, yet it is not done when you are still a baby. A baby does not have its own experience, so there would be no need for any ceremony. When you become a student of the Buddha, then you pour water over your head for 108 times. Nowadays this ceremony has been abbreviated and only the last bit of hair remaining on your shaved head (called Shura) will be cut off by someone of enlightened mind. It is a symbol of cutting off all delusions, so it is slightly different to Baptism in Christianity.


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