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 the Meal

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

Thich Nhat Hanh in Peace Begins Here