TODAY'S THEME: Thought for Food
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First, let us reflect on our own work and
the effort of those who brought us this food.
Secondly, let us be aware of the quality
of our deeds as we receive this meal.
Thirdly, what is most essential is the
practice of mindfulness which helps us
transcend greed, anger, and delusion.
Fourthly, we appreciate this food which
sustains the good health of our body and mind.
Fifthly, in order to continue our practice
for all beings, we accept this offering.

Zen Buddhist prayer
Excerpted from "Bless This Food,"
by Adrian Butash
Delacorte Press, 1993


The bread is not our food.
What feeds us in the bread
is God's eternal Word,
is spirit and is life.

Angelus Silesius (1624-1677)
German poet and mystic

For Hashem, your God, is bringing you to a good Land;
a Land with streams of water, of springs and underground
water coming forth in valley and mountain; a Land of wheat,
barley, fig, and pomegranate; a Land of oil-olives and date-
honey; a Land where you will eat bread without poverty --
you will lack nothing there; a Land whose stones are iron
and from whose mountains you will mine copper. You will
eat and you will be satisfied, and bless Hashem,
your God, for the good land that He gave you.

Deuteronomy 8: 7-10
The Stone Edition Tanach


Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
King of the universe
who feeds the whole world with
Your goodness, grace, kindness and mercy.
you give food to all flesh,
for Your kindness is forever.
Through Your great goodness,
food has never failed us:
may it never fail us,
for the sake of Your great Name,
for You nourish and sustain all beings,
and do good to all,
and provide food for all Your creatures
whom you have created.
Blessed are You, O Lord,
who gives food to all.

The First Blessing
Jewish grace after meals
Excerpted from "Bless This Food,"
by Adrian Butash
Delacorte Press, 1993

Yesterday, in our retreat, we had a tangerine party. Everyone was
offered one tangerine. We put the tangerine on the palm of our hand
and looked at it, breathing in a way that the tangerine became real.
Most of the time when we eat a tangerine, we do not look at it. We
think about many other things. To look at a tangerine is to see the
blossom forming into the fruit, to see the sunshine and the rain. The
tangerine in our palm is the wonderful presence os life. We are able
to really see that tangerine and smell its blossom and the warm,
moist earth. As the tangerine becomes real, we become real.
Life in that moment becomes real.

Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-  )
Excerpted from "The Heart of Understanding"
"Essential Writings"
Orbis Books, 2004


And now, the Last Word:

O Lord of the universe
Please accept all this food
It was given by you
Let it be of service to all
Only you can bless it.

Bhagavad Gita
5th century B.C.
Hindu scripture
































Bonus quote:

Play keeps us vital and alive.
It gives us an enthusiasm for life that is irreplaceable.
Without it, life just doesn't taste good.

Lucia Capacchoine
Author of "Putting Your Talent to Work"


On today's
Home Page:

Zen Buddhist prayer;
Angelus Silesius;
Book of Deuteronomy;
Jewish grace;
Thich Nhat Hanh;
Bhagavad Gita



Easter's site:
"He is Not Here"