(Before meals )
Buddha was born in Kapilavastu,
Enlightened in Magadha,
Taught in Varanasi,
Entered nirvana in Kushinagara.
Now we set out Buddha’s own bowls
May we, with all living beings
realize the emptiness of the three wheels,
giver, receiver, and gift.
Vairochana Buddha, pure Dharmakaya;
Locana Buddha, complete Sambhogakaya;
Shakyamuni Buddha, myriad Nirmanakaya;
Maitreya Buddha, next to be born;
All buddhas throughout space and time;
Lotus of the Wondrous Dharma, Mahayana Sutra;
Manjushri Bodhisattva, great wisdom;
Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, great activity;
Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva, great compassion;
All honored ones, bodhisattvas, mahasattvas,
Wisdom beyond wisdom, Maha-prajnaparamita.
(Five Contemplations Verse )
We reflect on the effort that brought us this food and consider how it comes to us.
We reflect on our virtue and practice, and whether we are worthy of this offering;
We regard it as essential to keep the mind free from excesses, such as greed;
We regard this food as good medicine to sustain our life.
For the sake of enlightenment, we now receive this food.
First, this is for the Three Treasures
Next, for the four benefactors;
Finally, for the beings in the six realms
may all be equally nourished.
The first bite is to end all evil.
The second is to cultivate all good.
The third is to free all beings,
May we all realize the Buddha Way
(After meals )
Abiding in this ephemeral world
like a lotus in muddy water,
the mind is pure and goes beyond
Thus we bow to Buddha