The Five Contemplations (before food)
- This food is the gift of the whole universe the earth, the sky, numerous living beings and much hard loving work.
- May we eat in mindfulness and with gratitude to be worthy to receive it.
- May we transform our unwholesome states of mind and learn to eat in moderation.
- May we eat in such a way to keep our compassion alive, reduce the suffering of living beings, preserve our planet and reverse the process of global warming.
- We accept this food to nourish our community, build brotherhood and sisterhood, and to serve living beings.