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Oryoki Meal Ceremony

The buddha eating bowls are not made. They neither arise nor perish, neither come nor go, neither gain nor lose. They are not limited to new or old, ancient or present.
—Eihei Dogen

Oryoki—literally, "the container which holds the appropriate amount"—is a ceremonial meal taken during silent retreats and one of Zen's most essential rituals. Although oryoki originated in a monastic setting, you can easily incorporate oryoki into your home practice so that you can be mindful of the sacredness of preparing and receiving food.



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