Praktis ~ Eating

Posted on January 25, 2009

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ON BLESSING & PRAYING UPON EATING

The following poem is called The Five Contemplations, praktised in the Plum Village tradition and recited before meals.

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

May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to received it.

May we transform our unskillful states of mind and learn to consume mindfully.

May we keep our compassion alive by eating in such a way that we reduce the suffering of living beings, preserve our planet and reverse the process of global warming.

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

Today, upon eating a morning bowl of cereal and listening to H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinponche…I had a moment of clarity.  I understood that when we bless our food with a kind thought for the food, ourself and others, we:

1) Bless the food that will nourish us. Realizing our sacred body as a vehicle for this lifetime of awakening and completion…we bless the food that enters this vehicle and transmute the energies within in, energize it, charge it with good intentions.

2) Connect ourselves and touch momentarily being one with the cycle of “birth and death”, to connect and be in touch with interbeing with other living things (our foods) that helps us to maintain our health and well-being…

3) Express our gratitude for the conditions that allow us to receive another meal today, all the numerous conditions both big and small, conditions that we have cultivated, conditions that others have offered and shared with us, up until this point and the time to come…for us to have this meal, these favorable conditions to be alive…

4)  Create the conditions, during our daily acts of eating, cooking, preparing food that water the seeds of mindfulness for us to continue on the path, moment to moment…

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