In Tibet every monk, nun or lama begins each meal by first taking a portion of food, often rice, wadding it into a ball and throwing it outside or placing it aside to feed the hungry spirits. In this way, we are reminded of the value of sharing as well as of the depth of pain that can be suffered by those whose lives are dominated by either hunger or greed.

Surya Das in Awakening the Buddhist Heart by Surya Das

 

To Practice This Thought:
Make a gesture to remind yourself of those in your community who are suffering from hunger or greed.