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Re: [Buddhism_101] Re: Grace - Ancient practice

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  • Dianna
    That is wonderful. Dianna ... From: astral_pilgrim To: Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2010 10:20 AM
    Message 1 of 10 , Jun 2, 2010
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      That is wonderful.

      Dianna
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "astral_pilgrim" <astral_pilgrim@...>
      To: <Buddhism_101@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2010 10:20 AM
      Subject: [Buddhism_101] Re: Grace - Ancient practice


      > Namaste!
      >
      > For thousands of years Buddhist and Jain devout laity offered food to
      > monks and nuns before they ate food. Even if there are no monk or a nun
      > visiting the village, true followers await with folded hands and food at
      > the threshold of their houses in expectation of the arrival of a monk.
      >
      > presently I leave two morsels to the stray street cats before i eat.
      >
      > astral_pilgrim
      >
      >
      > --- In Buddhism_101@yahoogroups.com, "Jody W. Ianuzzi" <jody@...> wrote:
      >>
      >> A few years ago I was a bit frustrated by a friend who always insisted on
      >> saying Christian grace before we ate when at a restaurant. I searched
      >> for
      >> Buddhist graces so that I could say grace before a meal too. Then I
      >> decided
      >> I had the wrong motives and I gave up the idea but I did find some nice
      >> graces:
      >>
      >> A short grace is:
      >>
      >> "As we take food and drink
      >> We vow with all creatures
      >> To rejoice in Zazen
      >> And be filled with delight in the Dharma
      >>
      >> Homage to the Buddha
      >> Homage to the Dharma
      >> Homage to the Sangha"
      >>
      >> _______________________________
      >>
      >>
      >> Buddhist Grace
      >>
      >> (serving the food)
      >>
      >> In this food I see clearly
      >> the presence of the entire universe
      >> supporting my existence.
      >>
      >> *
      >> (looking at the 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.
      >>
      >> *
      >> (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 nonattachment and equanimity.
      >>
      >> *
      >> (after the meal)
      >>
      >> The plate is empty.
      >> My hunger is satisfied.
      >> I vow to live for the benefit
      >> of all living beings.
      >>
      >
      >
      >
      >
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    • michael
      What a lovely thought. Thank you, Michael ________________________________ From: astral_pilgrim To: Buddhism_101@yahoogroups.com
      Message 2 of 10 , Jun 2, 2010
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        What a lovely thought.
         
        Thank you,
         
        Michael


        From: astral_pilgrim <astral_pilgrim@...>
        To: Buddhism_101@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Wed, June 2, 2010 9:20:31 AM
        Subject: [Buddhism_101] Re: Grace - Ancient practice

         

        Namaste!

        For thousands of years Buddhist and Jain devout laity offered food to monks and nuns before they ate food. Even if there are no monk or a nun visiting the village, true followers await with folded hands and food at the threshold of their houses in expectation of the arrival of a monk.

        presently I leave two morsels to the stray street cats before i eat.

        astral_pilgrim

        --- In Buddhism_101@yahoogroups.com, "Jody W. Ianuzzi" <jody@...> wrote:
        >
        > A few years ago I was a bit frustrated by a friend who always insisted on
        > saying Christian grace before we ate when at a restaurant. I searched for
        > Buddhist graces so that I could say grace before a meal too. Then I decided
        > I had the wrong motives and I gave up the idea but I did find some nice
        > graces:
        >
        > A short grace is:
        >
        > "As we take food and drink
        > We vow with all creatures
        > To rejoice in Zazen
        > And be filled with delight in the Dharma
        >
        > Homage to the Buddha
        > Homage to the Dharma
        > Homage to the Sangha"
        >
        > _______________________________
        >
        >
        > Buddhist Grace
        >
        > (serving the food)
        >
        > In this food I see clearly
        > the presence of the entire universe
        > supporting my existence.
        >
        > *
        > (looking at the 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.
        >
        > *
        > (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 nonattachment and equanimity.
        >
        > *
        > (after the meal)
        >
        > The plate is empty.
        > My hunger is satisfied.
        > I vow to live for the benefit
        > of all living beings.
        >

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