Meal Gatha

Buddha was born at Kapilavastu

Enlightened at Magadah

Taught at Paranasi

Entered Nirvana at Kusinagara

Now I open Buddha Tathagatha’s eating bowls

May we be relieved from self-clinging

With all sentient beings.

INO: In the midst of the three treasures with all sentient beings, let us recite the names of Buddha:

ALL: Pure Dharmakaya Vairochana Buddha

Complete Sambhogakaya Vairochana Buddha

Numerous Nirmanakaya Shakyamuni Buddhas

Future Maitreya Buddha

All Buddhas throughout space and time

Mahayana Saddharma Pundarika Sutra

Great Manjusri Bodhisattva

Mahayana Samantabhadra Bodhisattva

Great compassionate Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva

All Bodhisattva Mahasattvas

Maha Prajna Paramita

Breakfast INO: This food comes from the efforts of all sentient beings, past and present, and its ten advantages give us physical and spiritual well-being and promote pure practice.

Lunch INO: We offer this meal of three virtues and six tastes to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and to the life of the Dharma worlds.


Gassho Bow in shashu Zazen mudra

First, seventy-two labors brought us this food. We should know how it comes to us.

Second, as we receive this offering, we should

Lunch only:

Bow, make food offering


Bow, put spoon in 
1st bowl, sticks on 2nd

Bow, hold Buddha Bowl above eye level

Consider whether our virtue and practice deserve it.

Third, as we desire the natural order of mind,

To be free from clinging, we must be free from greed.

Fourth, to support our life we take this food.

Fifth, to attain our Way we take this food.

All those of the spiritual worlds,

Now I give you this offering.

This food will pervade everywhere.

First, this food is for the three treasures.

Second, it is for our teachers, parents, nation, and all sentient beings.

Third, it is for all beings in the six worlds.

Thus we eat this food with everyone.

We eat to stop all suffering, to practice good, to save all sentient beings, and to
accomplish our Buddha Way. (Begin eating.)

(When leader finishes first bowl, offering and condiments are collected. When leader puts down spatula, water is served. When leader gasshos, water is collected. Ino starts:)


ALL: The water with which I wash these bowls tastes like ambrosia;

I offer it to the various spirits to satisfy them. Om, Ma kura sai Svaha!


INO: May we exist in muddy water with purity like a lotus. Thus we bow to Buddha.