Posted by: Upāsaka Subhavi | 11/14/2012

A Meal Blessing – Breaking the Uposatha Fast


The Food Tent

I have always liked the idea of saying a blessing over food (perhaps it’s some kind of hearkening back to my lapsed-Catholic roots) and have tried a few times to take it up as a practice although I’ve pretty much failed miserably every time I’ve done it. At least today, when I break fast in about 10 minutes or so, I would like to use this reflection that’s attributed to Ajahn Jayasaro. I originally recall seeing it on Dhamma Wheel but, as is usual with the search function there, was unable to locate it again. The best I could find was the rendering I present now on someon’s Tumblr page:


Wisely reflecting I eat this food
Remembering with gratitude where it comes from
And how many people have had no food or too little.
Guarding my mind against indulgence,
Mindful of each mouthful
I take into this body what it needs

To support me on the path.



May this be of benefit!




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  1. I think it’s quite natural to have the desire to remember with gratitude where it comes from. Plants are kind of the divine thoughts of their devas. Thanking them for being able to eat them make me fe el soft and good, just right.

    • Interesting. I like your idea about plants being a kind of manifestation of the thoughts of devas. Where did you come across this or is it your own?

      • No, it’s not my idea. I recently read it in a book by Wolf-Dieter Storl and immediately got an feeling for that it’s like that. He says, each plant has it’s own Deva. He’s an internationally well known ethnobotanist and shaman. To bad, only a few books are translated from german. But I can get you that part, if you like. Metta & Smiles, Mirco

      • Mirco,

        That would be great! If it’s in Italian or Spanish that would work as well! Metttaya!

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