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One Heart Grace

written at Green Gulch, September 25, 1996

By Zoketsu Norman Fischer | Sep 25, 1996
In topics: Everyday Zen, Writing / Art / Creativity
A meal grace originally written for the Zen Hospice Project, but suitable for home use.


As we make ready to eat this food

we remember with gratitude

the many people, tools, animals and plants,

air and water, sky and earth,

turned in the wheel of living and dying,

whose joyful exertion

provides our sustenance this day.


May we with the blessing of this food

join our hearts

to the one heart of the world

in awareness and love,

and may we together with everyone

realize the path of awakening,

and never stop making effort

for the benefit of others.