2013년 11월 15일 금요일

[Quote] Present Moment Wonderful Moment ②


                            
                                                                        by Thich Nhat Hanh


     ::: Gathas for the Practice of Mindful Living



21
Holding the Alms' Bowl
The bowl of the Tathagata 
is in my two hands.
Giver, receiver, and gift
held in perfect oneness.


22
Blessing the Offering to the Hungry
The ways of the Awakened One are wondrous.
His limitless compassion
transforms seven grains of rice
into food enough for everyone.


23
Offering to the Hungry
Great garuda bird,
hungry spirits in immense wastelands,
mother and child starving in the desert,
the balm of compassion satisfies all their hunger.


24
Before Eating
The Buddha advises us to be mindful 
while we eat,
to be in touch with the Sangha and the food.
Brothers and sisters, when you hear the bell,
meditate on the Five Contemplations:
This food is the gift of the whole universe? 

the earth, the sky, and much hard work.
May we be worthy to receive it.
May we transform unskillful states of mind, 
especially the habit of eating without moderation.
May we take only foods that nourish us 
and prevent illness.
We accept this food to realize 
the path of understanding and love.


25
Holding the Empty Bowl
Looking at this bowl,
I see how fortunate I am 
to have enough to eat to continue the practice.


26
Serving Food
In this food,
I see clearly 
the entire universe
supporting my existence.


27
Before Eating
Beings all over the Earth
are struggling to live.
I aspire to practice deeply 
so all may have enough to eat.


28
Beginning to Eat
With the first taste, I offer joy.
With the second, I help relieve 
the suffering of others. 
With the third, I see others' joy as my own.
With the fourth, I learn the way of letting go.


29
Looking at Your Plate
or Bowl after Eating
The meal is finished,
and I am satisfied.
The four gratitudes 
are deeply in my mind.


30
Bathing the Buddha
Today we bathe the Tathagata.
So much happiness comes from awakened understanding.
We have drifted a long time in the three realms.
Now we see that this world of dust is the Dharmakaya itself.


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