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Myozan Kodo
05-11-2014, 01:39 PM
Hello all,
So, let's meet on Google+ to eat an Oryoki meal together at 6PM GMT next Sunday, May 18th.

Have:
Your bowls ready
Your chant book
Rice to serve yourself
Two other dishes to serve yourself in bowls 2 and 3
Hot water standing by to serve yourself (in small kettle, maybe)
A small extra dish for the offering to the Hungry Ghosts

The meal will be in silence, apart from the chanting.

Looking forward to it.

Deep bows,
Myozan

Myosha
05-11-2014, 01:42 PM
Being there or being square!


Gassho,
Myosha

Mp
05-11-2014, 01:54 PM
Wonderful Myozan,

I will be there! =)

Gassho
Shingen

Sekishi
05-12-2014, 04:23 PM
See you all on Sunday.
Gassho,
Sekishi

Dosho
05-12-2014, 04:53 PM
What do we need hot water for?

Gassho,
Dosho

Myozan Kodo
05-12-2014, 05:30 PM
The water service requires hot water ... which will be just warm water by the time you need it.
Gassho
Myozan


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Yugen
05-12-2014, 06:39 PM
I'm glad you are all getting together for this - I unfortunately cannot make it. Will there be a recorded version?

Thanks and
Gassho
Yugen

Myozan Kodo
05-14-2014, 01:57 PM
Hi Yugen,
This will be live and will not be recorded. We will record a later one ... after more practice!
Gassho
Myozan

Taikyo
05-18-2014, 12:35 PM
Hi Guys,

My apologies to Myozan and all, it seems I will not be able to make this evening after all due to family commitments that have come up.

Myozan when is the next of these going to be?

Gassho
Taikyo

Jundo
05-18-2014, 12:57 PM
A short article I recommend to all our Oryoki folks. It is by Ven. Yifu, a Taiwanese Priest, and her words resonate with the spirit which should be in our hearts during Oryoki together with the bodily steps to be mastered.

http://www.tricycle.com/insights/thought-food


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Thought for Food
Venerable Yifa presents the five contemplations her monastery uses to appreciate meals.

WHEN WE SIT down to eat in our monastery, we try to be conscious of several things. We eat in silence because this way you can concentrate on the food and practice awareness. Then we eat everything on the plate. This is our way of honoring the conservation of resources. We also try to make sure that the conservation of resources takes place before the food even reaches our plate: the portions we receive aren’t too large, and this way it isn’t difficult to eat all that’s been given to us. We also remember the preparation of the food—the work of the cooks and the cleaners and those who picked the vegetables and processed the food. We don’t choose what we eat at the monastery. We’re not in the monastery to become gourmets. We’re there because we need to cultivate appreciation and nonattachment to all things, including food.

These ritual behaviors are part of what we call the “five contemplations.” The first contemplation is to develop gratitude. We give thanks for the food and how it came to us. We reflect on the food’s growth from seed to flowering plant, its harvesting and journey from the fields to the market; then we appreciate its arrival and preparation in the kitchen, and the effort it took to supply this food. We acknowledge the interdependence of all natural things—how they work together in harmony to bring us what is nutritious and life-giving. We recognize, too, that life forms may have been harmed in the gathering of this food (even though we don’t eat meat, we know that animals may have been disturbed by the harvesting of the vegetables, fruits, and grains).

The second contemplation is to develop humility. In the monastery we’re privileged in that we don’t pay money for our meals. However, we know the meal is not cost-free. We’re also aware that many in the world don’t have access to any food, no matter what the price. It’s a great blessing to us that we have people who cook for us and prepare the tables. We’re always at risk of taking them for granted—just as, in society as a whole, we take for granted the people who work in the factories or the migrant laborers who pluck our fruits and vegetables from the trees and bushes or pull them up from the ground. That we forget all those who work out of sight for our comfort is an unfortunate tendency in our culture. The second contemplation forces us, therefore, at least for a moment, to be aware that they exist and that we should be grateful for them. Perhaps such gratitude will make us more likely to help these laborers as they advocate for better work and living conditions.

I remember on one occasion, I was eating with a young man who asked: “If I paid five dollars for this meal, why do I still have to say ‘thank you’?”
“Do you think that your five dollars really bought this meal?” I asked him. “Let’s count up the economic cost that led to this food coming together in this form for you. Think about all the causes and conditions that were involved in terms of time and space for this set of ingredients to be cooked in such a way and then be available to eat.” And so the young man and I did just that. I can’t remember the exact number we came up with, but the amount of money and the perhaps unquantifiable effort involved were considerably more than what he had paid. The young man ate a bit of humble pie with his meal that day!

The third contemplation we perform is to develop restraint. Restraint means protecting the integrity of our mind so that we’re less likely to depart from our discipline; this way we avoid errors such as greed. So, not only should we not take more than we need but also always practice consideration in making sure that everyone has what they need. We must be aware not to become selfish, indulge our tastes, and wish to take more than our share—whether it’s piling our plate high or making it so that other people don’t get enough to eat. We shouldn’t ask why we were given the food, complain about the taste, or disparage the skills of those who prepared it. We should accept it with gratitude and grace, thanking everyone involved for their work and care.

The fourth contemplation is the generation of health-providing thoughts about the food. We should sense it nourishing us and giving us energy and vitality, coursing through our bodies. That’s why the food in the monastery should always be nutritious. The food prepared should be good for the digestion, soft on the palate, and flavorful. There’s no reason that it should be devoid of taste or pleasure. The Chinese monastic tradition considers food and medicine to be from the same source. Food is always cooked using herbs and spices together to combine taste, nutritional value, and the healing power of those herbs and spices. This is a different conception of food from that in the West, where nutrition has, until relatively recently, not been thought of as a key component in preventing disease and curing ailments. The fourth contemplation allows us to consider food as a medicinal force.

The fifth contemplation aims to encourage examination of the purpose of our lives. The entire process of sitting down to eat, reflecting on food and its preparation, and then the eating of it should be a method—one among many—to take us further on the path to enlightenment. This again is why the food in our temples is vegetarian: because we want to emphasize the life-giving nature of food and to discourage the taking of life.


From Authenticity: Clearing the Junk: A Buddhist Perspective, 2007 by Venerable Yifa. Reprinted with the permission of Lantern Books, New York.

Mp
05-18-2014, 12:58 PM
Wonderful, thank you Jundo. =)

Gassho
Shingen

Sekishi
05-18-2014, 01:26 PM
Thank you Jundo. A clear perspective. May we see fully the efforts of all beings who make today's oryoki possible.
Gassho,
Sekishi

Myosha
05-18-2014, 03:32 PM
Thank you Jundo and Ven. Yifu.


Gassho,
Myosha

Myozan Kodo
05-18-2014, 04:21 PM
This is great and wise and an inspiration to our shared practice.

Thank you and gassho
Myozan


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Sekishi
05-18-2014, 05:18 PM
Well, I must have goofed up the timezone conversion. You guys are eating while the tenzo here (Zojirushi rice maker) hasn't even finished cooking rice yet. Have a wonderful oryoki. I will see you all next time.

Apologies and deep bows,
Sekishi / Eric

Myozan Kodo
05-18-2014, 05:42 PM
No worries Sekishi. Thanks for your spirit of practice.

Just two more Oryoki meetings before the summer retreat. See you next month for the June meal.
Gassho.
Myozan

Dosho
05-18-2014, 06:47 PM
I don't know if I read it wrong too Eric, but I thought it started at 2:30. Now I see it says 12:30. Sorry about that guys. :(

Gassho,
Dosho

Myozan Kodo
05-18-2014, 06:56 PM
Hi.
It started at 6PM GMT. The time did not change. Google must have shown you an incorrect local time. It's best to google "time in Dublin now" to see the correct time on any given day. That's what I do to figure out Japanese time for Dokusan.

No worries. See you next time.

Gassho
M


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Nengyo
05-18-2014, 08:43 PM
I was stuck in traffic. Fate conspires again to thwart my desire to learn oryoki. Perhaps next time things will line up.

Gassho

Myozan Kodo
05-18-2014, 08:51 PM
Hi Nengyo,
You can learn in your own time with the recordings in the oryoki section of the forum. Then you can join us for a meal whenever you want.

Thank you for your practice.

Gassho
Myozan

Mp
05-18-2014, 09:35 PM
Thank you Myozan and all in spirit ... we will practice again very soon. =)

Gassho
Shingen

Dosho
05-18-2014, 10:09 PM
It started at 6PM GMT. The time did not change. Google must have shown you an incorrect local time. It's best to google "time in Dublin now" to see the correct time on any given day. That's what I do to figure out Japanese time for Dokusan.


GoooooGLE! (in the style of Colonel Klink with fist shake) :)

And great tip Myozan. Thank you.

Gassho,
Dosho