Plum Village gathas

Verses for Eating Mindfully

Looking At Your Empty PlateMy plate, empty now, will soon be filled with precious food.

Serving Food 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 nonattachment 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.

Drinking Tea This cup of tea in my two hands mindfulness is held uprightly! My mind and body dwell in the very here and now.

Drawings by Lynn Kennedy

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