Ricemilk Meal

posted Feb 28, 2011, 6:26 AM by Jundo Cohen   [ updated Mar 20, 2011, 7:36 PM ]

To break the day of fasting ... make and enjoy a family meal or treat of rice pudding, or traditional "ricemilk," together with your loved ones. This can be done while reading the part of Buddha's story in which the girl, Sujata, offers Shakyamuni a meal of ricemilk allowing him to recover his health from his ascetic practices. This is a symbol of the balance we must all have in our life, "everything in moderation." Other simple dishes, preferably vegetarian, can be added to the family meal. A meal chant, such as the following or a chant recommended in your Sangha, may be recited prior to the meal by all members of your family:

This food comes from the efforts
of all sentient beings past and present,
and is medicine for nourishment of our Practice.
We offer this meal of many virtues and tastes
to the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha,
and to all life in every realm of existence.
May all sentient beings in the universe
be sufficiently nourished.