Puerto Vallarta Zen Group


Before the Meal

We reflect on the effort that brought us this food,
and consider how it comes to us.
We reflect on our virtue and practice,
and whether we are worthy of this offering.
We regard it as essential to keep the mind free from excesses such as greed.
We regard this food as good medicine to sustain our life.
For the sake of enlightenment we now receive this food.

First this is for the three treasures.
Next, for the four benefactors.
Finally, for the beings in the six realms.
May all be equally nourished.

The first portion is to end all evil.
The second is to cultivate all good.
The third is to free all beings.
May we all realize the buddha way.

Short Version

We venerate the three treasures and give thanks for this food,
the work of many people and the suffering of many forms of life.