A Mealtime Blessing from Thich Nhat Hanh

Each time you eat can be a way of expanding your awareness and gratitude (not to mention expanding your

waistline!)

Here is one way to offer grace.

Five Gathas by the Vietnamese Buddhist Monk, Thich Nhat Hanh.

Serving Food

In this food I see clearly the presence of the entire universe supporting my existence.

Looking at the Filled Plate

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.

Beginning to Eat

With the first taste, I promise to practice loving kindness. With the second, I promise to relieve the suffering of others. With the third, I promise to see others’ joy as my own. With the fourth, I promise to learn the way of non-attachment and equanimity.

Finishing the Meal

The plate is empty. My hunger is satisfied. I vow to live for the benefit of all beings.

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