The five reflections
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.
I KKU I DAN ISSAI AKU
NIKU I SHU ISSAI ZEN
SANKU I DO SHO SHUJO
KAIKU JO BUTSU DO
The first morsel is to destroy all evils
The second morsel is to practice all good deeds
The third morsel is to save all sentient beings
May we all attain the path of Buddhahood.
After the Meal
Having finished the morning meal,
let us pray that all beings may accomplish
whatever tasks they are engaged in,
and be fulfilled with all the Buddha-Dharmas.
Having finished the midday meal,
our bodily strength is fully restored,
our power extends over the ten directions
and through the three periods of time,
and we are strong.
As to the revolving wheel of Dharma,
no thought is wasted over it.
May all beings attain true wisdom.
SHU JO MU HEN SEI GAN DO
BO NO MU JIN SEI GAN DAN
HO MON MU RYO SEI GAN GAKU
BUTSU DO MU JO SEI GAN JO
Sentient beings are numberless.
I vow to save them all.
Delusions are endless.
I vow to cut through them all.
The teachings are infinite.
I vow to learn them all.
Buddha’s way is unsurpassable.
I vow to attain it.
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