Buddhist Gathas for Food and Water

Looking at Your Empty Bowl
My bowl, empty now,
will be filled with precious food.
Beings all over the Earth are struggling to live.
How fortunate I am to have enough to eat. 

Serving Food
In this food,
I see clearly
the entire universe
supporting my existence.

Turning On the Water
Water flows from high mountain sources.
Water runs deep in the Earth.
Miraculously, water comes to us
and sustains all life.

Washing Your Hands
Water flows over these hands.
May I use them skillfully
to preserve our precious planet.

Touching the Earth
Earth brings us into life
and nourishes us.
Earth takes us back again.
We are born and we die with every breath.

— From Thich Nhat Hanh, The World We Have

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