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Updated Contemplations before Eating

Posted by Chan Phap Ho at Jan 26, 2014 06:00 AM |
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Enjoy every bite, it’s a gift of love from the Cosmos.

Everything needs food to live, including our body, mind and happiness. Recently our food contemplations were updated to more accurately reflect the relationship between what we eat and climate change.

New Contemplations before eating:

This food is a gift of the earth, the sky, numerous living beings, and much hard and loving work.

May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive this food.

May we recognize and transform unwholesome mental formations, especially our greed and learn to eat with moderation.

May we keep our compassion alive by eating in such a way that reduces the suffering of living beings, stops contributing to climate change, and heals and preserves our precious planet.

We accept this food so that we may nurture our brotherhood and sisterhood, build our Sangha, and nourish our ideal of serving all living beings.

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