White Wind Zen Community

A Community practising and teaching Dogen’s Zen since 1985

Meal Chant

(Gokan No Ge: the Five Remembrances)

translated by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi

Calligraphy of an enso (representing a bowl) and spoon by Zen Master Azan Hoshin

This meal arises from the labour of all beings,
may we remember their offering.
Delusions are many, attention wanders,
may we justify this offering.
Greed arises from self-cherishing,
may we be free in moderation.
This offering sustains us, gives us strength,
may we be grateful.
We use this strength and attain the Way.

(for cleanup)

(Eko or dedication:)
This is as the boundless sky,
a lotus flowering above the water.
Stainlessness is itself this mind;
in this Awakening we stand exposed
(and the Four Great Vows)