Containing many chants, recitations, and ceremonial texts in print for the first time, Plum Village Chanting and Recitation Book is the quintessential resource and reference book for monastic and lay practitioners in Thich Nhat Hanh's worldwide Sangha. It is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to celebrate life and practice the art of mindful living.
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Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Zen monk, poet, and peacemaker. He has taught four generations of monks and nuns and thousands of lay practitioners. In Vietnam he cofounded the An Quang Buddhist Institute and the Van Hanh Buddhist University; he has studied and taught at Columbia, Princeton and the Sorbonne. He is author of more than 35 books in English. He lives in Plum Village, a Buddhist training monastery he founded near Bordeaux.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
A Recitation Before Meal
This food is the gift of the whole universe
the Earth, the sky, and much hard work.
May we eat in mindfulness
so as to be worthy to receive it.
May we transform our unskillful states of mind
and learn to eat with moderation.
May we take only foods that nourish us
and prevent illness.
We accept this food to realize the path
of understanding and love.
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