The Five Contemplations

These are the Five Contemplations by Thich Nhat Hanh, which are said before meals. The practice of reciting these contemplations before eating is a way to foster mindful eating, and helps to promote inner peace through food.

1. This food is a gift from the earth, the sky, the universe, numerous living beings and much hard work.

2. May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive it.

3. May we transform our unwholesome mental formations, especially our greed, and learn to eat with moderation.

4. May we keep our compassion alive by eating in such a way that we reduce the suffering of all beings, preserve our planet and reverse the process of global warming.

5. We accept this food so we can nurture our brotherhood and sisterhood, strengthen our community, and nourish our ideal of serving all beings.

Source: Savor by Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Lilian Chueng

The great peacemaker and Zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh rings a bell of mindfulness during the 2011 Deer Park Monastery retreat.

11 thoughts on “The Five Contemplations

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  3. Wonderful, wonderful thoughts. “May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive it.” That is my favorite… We need to live life with a passion worthy of living. Otherwise, what are we really living for?

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  6. There’s a Buddhist prayer of thanksgiving I’ve read somewhere and can no longer find, about giving thanks to the numberless people (and creatures) who made this food possible. Anyone know this?

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