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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Because food is life it is of utmost importance that we receive it with deepest gratitude. When we eat we consume life. Whether it's cabbages or cows, it's life. There isn't a meal that's taken by any creature, large or small, on the face of the great earth that's not done except at the expense of another creature's life. That's the nature of life on the plant Earth. We nourish and sustain each other with our lives. How can we not be grateful for the life that sustains us? How can we not wish to give back to the ten thousand things that which we receive? And it's in that process that the sacredness of taking a meal and the truth of the ten thousand dharmas is revealed.

John Daido Loori, CELEBRATING EVERYDAY LIFE A Zen home Liturgy

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