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A Thanksgiving Blessing

Thursday, November 22, 2007


Looking at Your Empty Plate
My plate, empty now
will soon be filled
with precious food.

Looking at Your Full Plate
in this food
I see clearly the presence
of the entire universe
supporting my existence.

Contemplating Your Food
This plate of food,
so fragrant and appetizing,
also contains much suffering.

Beginning to Eat
With the first taste, I promise to offer joy.
With the second, I promise to help 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 non-attachment and equanimity.

Finishing your Meal
The plate is empty
My hunger is satisfied
I vow to live
for the benefit of all beings.

Washing the Dishes
Washing the dishes is
like bathing a baby Buddha
The profane is the sacred.
Everyday mind is Buddha's mind.

~Thich Nhat Hanh


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