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Meals in Japan traditionally begin with the phrase itadakimasu (いただきます?) (literally, "I humbly receive"). The phrase is similar to "bon appétit," or saying grace to give thanks before a meal. It is said to express gratitude for all who played a role in preparing, cultivating, ranching or hunting the food.
Dhamma Dhatu;100249 said:Paṭisaṅkhā yoniso piṇḍapātaṃ patsevāmi With wise reflection, I eat this food Neva davāya na madāya na maṇḍanāya na vibhūsanāya Not for play, not for intoxication, not for fattening, not for beautification Yāvadeva imassa kāyassa ṭhitiyā yāpanāya vihiṃsuparatiyā brahma-cariyānuggahāya Only to maintain this body, to stay alive & heathly, to support the spiritual life Iti purāṇañca vedanaṃ paṭihaṅkhāmi navañca vedanaṃ na uppādessāmi Thus I let of of unpleasant feelings [of hunger], without stirring up new ones (of craving, overeating, etc) Yātrā ca me bhavissati anavajjatā ca phāsu-vihāro cāti Therefore the process of life goes on, blameless, at ease and in peace.
priyajiivana;101075 said:The Sun is in my Food.
Emma-Angel;99269 said:Please can anyone recommend any short prayers i could say before eating my food? Thanks