The only comprehensive Buddhist chanting book, Chanting From the Heart is a perfect resource for everyday practice, weddings, funerals, and other special ceremonies. Drawn from traditional and ceremonial texts used at Plum Village, Thich Nhat Hanh’s retreat center in France, and originally released as Plum Village Chanting and Recitation Book, this new paperback edition has been completely revised and updated with some of the Buddha’s most fundamental teachings. Sheet music for many of the songs is included.
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.