Sunday Dharma Service

Sun, August 20 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Bright Light Chanting Service

Tue, August 22 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Do Buddhists pray before a meal?

Buddhists usually fold their palms before eating while silently offering the meal to Buddha, dharma, Sangha, and all the living beings in all the Dharma realms.  One needs to remember other beings when one is eating the food.  One may silently wish all sentient beings to achieve full accomplishment and to fulfill Buddha's Dharma practice.  The dining hall in a Chinese monastery is usually referred to as “The Hall of Five Contemplations” because people are reminded to contemplate the following five aspects when they eat:
 
  1. To count the amount of merit and appraise the source
  2. To assess one’s own virtues, whether perfect or deficient to deserve the bestowal
  3. To guard one’s mind against faults, greed in particular
  4. To receive this food in order to accomplish spiritual work
  5. To receive this food as medicine for this weakening body