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Tashi Delek,

 

is there a certain prayer you should say before the meal? I don't know it so what I usually do is to thank to everybody who contributed to making this food and I ask for the blessing that eating this food would help me sustain my body for the reason so I could continue my way on Bodhicita path. then I recite the Mantra of Chenrezig for a couple of times. And (as I learned on the seminar - thank you, AniChodron!!) I always leave some pieces of the food for Pretas, so afterwards I offer it to them.

 

I will be happy to hear your ways of doing this.

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Hi, one way to offer the food before meal is to say the following prayer:

 

Guru is Buddha, Guru is Dharma,

Guru is Sangha also.

Guru is the originator of all (goodness and happiness).

To all Gurus, I make this offering.

OM AH HUNG (3 times)

 

There is also a small book written by Lama Zopa Rinpoche with more practices of offering food:

The Yoga of Offering Food - Lama Zopa

you can read it here, because it is out of print: http://www.lamayeshe.com/acatalog/yof_section.html (you can also borrow it in Dharmaling library)

 

bye

Boris

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Tashi Delek,

 

There are many differente prayers for offering the meal. Yet, what is important is to set up the right motivation. For this, it's not only 'formal' prayers which works.

Therefore, you can make up your own prayer, to fit the range of your motivation.

Personally, I use the above one (given by Boris) to which I add:

"May this food bring me the energy necessary to help as many sentients beings as possible"

 

All the best, Gelong T. Shenphen

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