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THE FIVE CONTEMPLATIONS

The 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