Thankful for Nourishment
A great way to appreciate what we are given
Date: 2/23/2006 12:16:26 PM ( 14 y ) ... viewed 1529 times
By Thich Naht Han
AS FOOD IS SERVED:
I see clearly the presence of the entire universe supporting my existence.
WHILE LOOKING AT A FULL PLATE OF FOOD:
All living beings are struggling for life. May they all have enough food to eat today.
JUST BEFORE EATING:
The plate is filled with food. I am aware that each morsel is the fruit of much hard work by those who produced it.
WHILE TAKING THE FIRST FOUR MOUTHFULS OF FOOD:
With the first taste, I promise to practice loving-kindness.
With the second taste, I promise to relieve the suffering of others.
With the third taste, I promise to see others’ joy as my own.
With the fourth taste, I promise to learn the way of nonattachment and equanimity.
UPON FINISHING THE MEAL:
My plate is empty, my hunger satisfied. I vow to live for the benefit of all beings.
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