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September 19, 2008

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Jordan

The monks of the OBC recite this verse at meal time that I think compliments your post well.


“The Five Thoughts"

"We must think deeply of the ways and means by which this food has come.

We must consider our merit when accepting it.

We must protect ourselves from error by excluding greed from our minds.

We will eat lest we become lean and die.

We accept this food so that we may become enlightened.”

As for me, I got up today because the alarm went off.
I ate because by stomach let me know it was empty.
I am here because there is no where else I can be.

Be well,
Jordan

Barry Briggs

Thank you, Jordan!

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