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THE FIVE CONTEMPLATIONSThe following verses are written by Thich Nhat Hanh, based on traditional Buddhist teachings. Reading them aloud is a beautiful way to begin a meal.
The Five Contemplations · This food is the gift of the whole universe: the earth, the sky and much hard work.
· May we live in a way that makes us worthy to receive it.
· May we transform our own unskilled states of mind and learn to eat with moderation.
· May we take only foods that nourish us and prevent illness.
· We accept this food so that we may realize the path of understanding and love.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh