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Words Before & After a Meal



Words before and after a meal has a very good effect on our physical body as well as on our mind. Words to say before a meal cause our brain to recognize that we are about to have food, and stimulate the secretion of saliva. In this way digestive enzyme become activated.

Words to say after a meal makes our brain feel satisfied with the meal and our desire for food will be turned off. In this way we can avoid overeating.

We Shinran followers have got ‘Words to say before and after a meal’ from our teacher. We are all encouraged to say these words especially when having a meal together with our fellow Buddhists friends.

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Words to say before a meal

MC: Everyone, let us express gratitude before our meal. Gassho.

Everyone: (with palms joined) I take this meal with gratitude for today's precious opportunity.

Words to say after a meal

MC: Everyone, let us express gratitude for our meal. Gassho.

Everyone: (with palms joined) We will keep harmony and go forward towards the light. Thank you for the meal.


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Let us make it our habit to say these words before and after a meal.