Buddha was born in Kapilivastu; enlightened in Magadha;
taught in Varanasi; entered Nirvana in Kushinagara.
Now we set out Buddha’s bowls.
May we, with all beings, realize the emptiness of the Three Wheels:
giver, receiver and gift.
In the midst of the Three Treasures, which verify our understanding,
entrusting ourselves to the sangha we invoke:
Vairochana Buddha, pure Dharmakaya
Lochana Buddha, complete Sambogakaya
Shakyamuni Buddha, myriad Nirmanakaya
Maitreya Buddha of future birth
All Buddhas throughout space and time
Lotus of the Wondrous Dharma Mahayana Sutra
Manjusri Bodhisattva, great wisdom
Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, great activity
Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, great compassion
All honored ones, bodhisattva mahasattvas
Wisdom beyond wisdom, mahaprajnaparamita.
Leader only (breakfast):
This morning meal of ten benefits nourishes us in our practice.
Its rewards are boundless, filling us with ease and joy.
Leader only (lunch):
The three virtues and six tastes of this meal are offered to Buddha and sangha.
May all sentient beings in the universe be equally nourished.
After serving, before eating
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 greed as the obstacle to freedom of mind.
We regard this meal as medicine to sustain our life.
For the sake of enlightenment we now receive this food.
O spirits, we now give you this offering.
This food is for all of you in the ten directions.
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.
The water we use to wash our bowls tastes like ambrosia.
We offer it to the many spirits to satisfy them.
Om makurasai sowaka
In this world of emptiness
Like a lotus in muddy water
The mind is pure and goes beyond
Thus we bow to Buddha.